Posts made in March, 2012

Are you using Pinterest to find a job?

Forbes recently ran an article about using Pinterest to find a job. At first, I thought that this idea was a creative use for the social media tool. Then, I started thinking about it more and I’m not sure that it is. I know several recruiters who have Pinterest accounts, but I don’t know a single one who is using it (yet!) for sourcing candidates. I suppose it doesn’t hurt to showcase your work if you’re a creative type and also post a visual resume, but you may receive more calls for interviews if you stick to the more traditional social media recruiting tools like LinkedIn, Facebook (and apps like BranchOut and BeKnown) and Twitter. Pinterest...

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Top 5 Tips to Successfully Attend a Networking Event

You’ve just attended a great networking event where you met a ton of great contacts. Now what? Many people attend networking events and then don’t act on the great contacts they met. By following these easy steps, you’ll be a networking genius in no time. Read more here…

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Your Resume is the Reason You Don’t Get Interviews

Here’s my latest article on CAREEREALISM: Your Resume is the Reason You Don’t Get Interviews I’m going to be very honest with you: It is easier to eliminate a resume than to bring a candidate in for an interview. This may be shocking news to process, but it’s the cold, hard reality of today’s workplace. Most organizations receive more than 100 candidates for entry-level jobs and almost as many for higher-level positions. This means your resume may receive less than two minutes of consideration. Here’s how the recruiting process works at most organizations: Post job description. Receive lots of resumes. Review resumes and pick top candidates. Schedule...

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Are we over-thinking social media policies?

It seems like I’m receiving some sort of email update every day about social media policies and what companies should and shouldn’t be doing. This recent post made me realize that we might be over-thinking the whole concept. If we’re hiring people for their knowledge, skills and abilities, can’t we trust them to appropriately use social media? We don’t have policies for everything in the workplace (blowing your nose, how to act in meetings, etc.), so maybe we’ve gone too far with regulating employee usage of sites like Facebook and Twitter. Just some food for thought…

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Guest post: The dangers of micromanaging

Have you ever had a supervisor assign you a project, only to continually interrupt your work to check on your progress? If so, you’ve worked for the dreaded micromanager. Why do people micromanage? Some may be reacting to pressure from above; others have an inherent need to control everything they touch. One thing is certain: the micromanager is a detriment to morale and productivity. Whether you’re a manager or you work for one, it’s helpful to know how to recognize a micromanager, and how to deal with this problem. Ignoring a micromanager can lead to decreased employee satisfaction and waylay the progress on impending projects. The Traits of an Effective...

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