Monday, January 31, 2005

Creative Resume

I can't remember if we pointed to this earlier. I just spotted the link to this young man in France who wanted his resume to stand out. It uses Flash, so get ready and have your speakers/headphones plugged in.

Reminded of this by Paul, aka the Steeler Dirt Freak

Market yourself to a new job

Resume and interviewing tips for job seekers. It helps to view your resume and marketing literature for yourself.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Laid Off - Describing the Reasons You're Looking

Bart was an average employee at his company before being released suddenly without cause. His company was merged with a competitor and Bart found himself with a new manager. Even though he had a good record and positive performance reviews, he quickly found himself laid-off from the company.

The following article provides key strategies for responding to one of the most frequently asked interviewer questions "Why did you leave (or seeking to leave) your company?"

CrossRoads Newsletter and Career Development Center

crossposted to

Monday, January 24, 2005

Worst Jobs Ever

Here's some encouragement to you in the workforce: maybe your job isn't that bad after all.

Worst Interview Experiences

Anonymous readers share their worst job interview experiences. Yikes!

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Chill Out During the Job Interview

How to Deal With Interview Stress: Job Tip Says 'Relax'

by Caroline Levchuck

A relaxed job candidate is a confident job candidate.

Show the interviewer that you're calm, composed and in command during an
interview. He's likely to assume that you'll be rock-solid on the job too.

Use these tips to stay relaxed during an interview:
  • Breathing deeply and slowly (and quietly, of course).
  • Sit up straight and don't cross your legs or arms.
  • Speak slowly and pause for breath often.
  • Keeps your hands and jaw relaxed; no clenching.
  • Smile -- it really is contagious!
Source: MyYahoo! Daily Tip from HotJobs
I've often found that writing reminders to do these things in my portfolio helps.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Keeping Your Skills Current

Question for you all out there...

What do you do to keep your skills current -- especially if you're unemployed for some time?

I'm facing this situation at my current temp job. Not having used my technical skills in awhile, I'm feeling a little rusty.

What advice do you have for me?

Monday, January 10, 2005

Jots :: jobhunt

From the 'About' page:

Jots is a collaborative bookmarking system that allows you to Store, Share and Discover relevant links. Store your own links and choose whether to share them with the world, with a select group of people or just for yourself to use. Discover new links based on specific users or topics of interest.

Links are available via the web site or by RSS. Post your links to your blog daily to keep others informed of your areas of interest.

Quit That Job!

No job is without its aggravations, to paraphrase a Malcolm Forbes quotation. But sometimes it becomes necessary to part with the job that you hate.

Quitting a job you hate may bring relief to stress, but it may not always be the best thing. Get more advice on whether changing your job is right for you:

U.S. News and World Report | Ways to Change Your Life: Quit Your Job

Friday, January 07, 2005

Employers Digging Deeper in 2005

Three Factors That Will Affect Your Job Search in 2005: Employers Dig Deeper

by Caroline Levchuck

The average job search now takes four months, reports outplacement consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. And enhanced scrutiny of candidates often requires a significant amount of time from companies.

"Companies are spending more time and money on extensive pre-employment screenings, including intelligence, personality and psychological tests, to make sure an individual fits the profile of a successful worker. They are also conducting extensive background checks to weed out possible criminal or unethical behavior," said John A. Challenger, the firm's chief executive officer.

To make certain you don't get caught off guard during a background check, consider conducting your own. Click here for more information.

The upcoming year can bring lots of rewards for job seekers. So start your search and make 2005 your year!
Source: My Yahoo! Daily Tips - HotJobs Job Tip

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Best Workplaces for Commuters

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compiled a list of the Top 20 Best Workplaces for Commuters(sm) (BWC). According to the report:

How the Top 20 are ranked

The Top 20 employers on the list of Best Workplaces for Commuters from the FORTUNE 500 Companies are ranked by the percentage of their total U.S. workforce eligible for outstanding commuter benefits that meet EPA's National Standard of Excellence. The percentage was calculated by dividing the number of employees working at Best Workplaces for Commuters qualified work sites by the company's total U.S. employment.

Job-Hunting Success Story - Dan

NOTE: This blog is a great forum for you to share your job-hunting success stories. Please e-mail them to me at Dan's e-mail address at, and I'll post them here. Now for my recent success story...

Isn't it great when the job finds you?

Maintaining my network is how I landed my most recent position. Today I started some temp work in a fledgling IT department for a local Professional Employer Services(PES) company.

I first met J. seven years ago when I did some consulting work for his boss at the time. I helped him out here and there with some computer programming tips. We'd eat lunch together from time to time, and, at the end of the assignment, we exchanged e-mail addresses.

A couple years later he contacted me to do some consulting work in the same department. He had been promoted to a different position. The company I where I was working got the job and sent me there to do the work.

About a year later, J. contacted me because he'd left his former company to partner with someone else in a construction services company. He'd seen evidence of my web development, and he had me design and develop the company's website.

Now, he's the Chief Financial Officer for this PES company. It's been ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in the Dayton Business Journal and in Inc. magazine. He contacted me this week, and I'm now employed to help with some IT-related work.

And who knows where this might lead?

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Happy New Year!

Here's to hoping you Get That Job! in 2005.