How Job Hunting is Like Dating Print E-mail

Although the goals of the two are typically quite different, the methods can be surprisingly similar. This line of reasoning was inspired by a scene in the hit movie We are Marshall. If you saw the movie, which I highly recommend, you will no doubt remember the important scene where the new head coach, played by Mathew McConaughey, asks the college president to consider why he might be having trouble getting the NCAA to make an exception for Marshall to allow them to play freshman on their football team. The coach says to the college president [played by David Strathairn], who has just received his latest, final rejection letter from the NCAA, “I’ll bet that you did not ask your wife to marry you in a letter.” Pause. “And I’ll also bet that she did not say yes to you over the telephone.” [or words to that effect]

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What Do Employers Want? Print E-mail

As I read through some of the thousands of resumes submitted to every day, I am struck by how many do not seem to have even the vaguest notion that potential employers will be reading their resumes. If they did, they would not list as their employment objective “A job that will offer me the opportunity for advancement” or other similarly phrased career objectives. The focus of both the cover letter and the résumé is on the needs and desires of the job seeker.

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Rules for Leaving Your Job Print E-mail

Did you get fired? Did you quit in a rage? Did you sneak out the door? The answers to those questions are not nearly as important as is the answer to this one:

Did you make the most of your transition from one job to another?

Ending a job is similar to ending a marriage or other long-term relationship in that there are always two sides to the story. Employers know they are only hearing your side, so you need to be careful how you describe the departure. Leaving a job is different in one important way: your next partner or spouse will probably not call your previous partner for a reference. Your prospective employer probably will.

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Finding a Job is Not a Numbers Game Print E-mail

Everyone has heard the expression “numbers lie.” As a former CPA with 25 years in the business community, I emphatically believe in the truth of that statement. The current intentionally misleading unemployment numbers are a particularly damaging lie. First, unemployment can never be zero because of a phenomenon the economists call “frictional unemployment.” In simple terms, that means that because businesses are always moving, opening and closing and changing direction, there are always people temporarily out of the workforce. There are five other types of normal unemployment that have the combined effect of creating roughly 5% unemployment continually. Second, the current 6.5% number is pathetic compared to the impressive 25% rate during height of the Great Depression. Third, the number is so insignificant as to be meaningless unless the media succeeds in scaring enough people to actually cause a bigger problem.

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How to Prepare for More Green Jobs Print E-mail
Going green means doing more than recycling, buying environmentally friendly products and supporting environmental activist groups. With the dawn of a significantly more environmentally-friendly Obama administration, environmentalists finally have a real opportunity to turn green rhetoric into green action - on the job. If you have been following the discussions about job stimulus legislation and programs, you already know that many people believe that the United States is in the position to be a world leader as a producer of green technology and alternative energy innovations.
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