Posts made in March, 2012

Now available on Kindle: Interviewer Success

I am pleased to announce that I just released a new ebook on the Kindle platform! Interviewer Success provides interviewers with the practical skills needed to be effective (and legal!). Why you need this guide At some point in your career, you will most likely be asked to interview a candidate for an open position within your organization. Perhaps you have an interview scheduled for this week and you need information now on how to interview someone without getting yourself in hot water or breaking the law. Interviewing is a learned skill and doesn’t always come naturally for people, so I’ve put together this quick guide to help you put the candidate at ease, find...

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Do you need an elevator pitch?

Do you need an elevator pitch? In a word, yes. First impressions make a difference and you need to be able to capitalize on a very short meeting with a new person. People are busy, so you need to “hit it and get it.” What better way to explain why you’re great than to have a concise summary about who you are and what you do? So, what is an elevator speech? It’s a quick — usually 100-200 words — high-level summary about the value that you could add to a project, organization, etc. In crafting your elevator speech, think about: your strengths what sets you apart from other people what you could offer someone (knowledge, skills,...

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Facebook vs. Google

Since Google launched Google+, there has been constant chatter about how it compares to Facebook. However, Glassdoor.com takes this discussion one step further by taking a look at their interviewing practices, work-life benefits and compensation. My favorite part of the infographic is at the bottom. Check out the sample interview questions!  

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Time management: we all struggle with it

Earlier this week, I attended a business networking luncheon at my local Chamber of Commerce. During the session, we discussed time management. As we went around the room and shared comments, I realized that this is something that almost every business person struggles with in their careers. Some of the highlights from the conversation: Learn how to say no Learn how to delegate Manage your email by checking your inbox during specific times of day only Don’t be so obsessive about reading emails as soon as they land in your inbox I’m definitely a work in progress, but I’m trying to be better about time management and making time for the important things...

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War for Talent 2.0 on its way?

When I started in recruiting more than a decade ago (ouch — has it really been that long?!), we were in the midst of a “war for talent” in the IT sector. Candidates could demand huge salary increases, signing bonuses and other benefits that had never been seen in the industry before. Now there’s talk of another war for talent on the way. Here’s a great article on what might happen and how to be prepared. I have to admit I’m a little scared. It’s already tough to fill some of my current openings.

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