Introverts Can Make the Best IT Leaders

Most people who consider themselves introverted would never think that they could be a leader professionally or personally, and this can be especially true in the IT industry. Because many IT professionals consider themselves to be introverted, they may not go after leadership positions that could make them more money and advance their careers. However, there's no need for introverted IT...

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No-Name Jobs

—hunting for work at a no-name company An ordinary fellow, just returned from a fruitless search in Los Angeles for a Hollywood job, walks into a recruiting agency in Flint, Michigan, and sits at the first available recruiter's desk. She asks, "How may I help you?" He says, "I want a no-name job with a no-name company." Recruiter: "What do you mean?" Man: "A...

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The Path to CFO Isn't as Clear as It Used to Be

In the past, financial professionals could start off as an accounting clerk and work their way up to CFO if they were dedicated and hardworking. These days, corporate structure has changed and so have the qualities that recruiters and HR managers are looking for in high level financial officers. Many companies are hiring externally to fill CFO positions and passing over internal CFO candidates...

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Qualities a Successful Project Manager Needs to Have

Being a successful project manager takes an investment in your own skills and a dedication to getting the job done, but there are other qualities you must have in order to have a stellar career as a project manager. One of the leaders in Project Management training, ESI International, conducted a poll of industry leaders in project management to ask them what qualities they look for in an...

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How to Make A Great First Impression

In the Concise Oxford Dictionary, image is described as "the character or reputation of a person or thing as generally perceived." Within seconds of meeting you, based on a single observed physical trait or behavior, people will assume to know everything about you (Social Psychology by H. Andrew Michener, John D. Delamater and Daniel J. Myers).  Furthermore, according to research by Dr....

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Lending Your Staff: the Fed and Main Street Bank Way

"I haven't inherited the earth from my parents. I am borrowing it from my children."—U.S. Senator, from Colorado, Mark Udall (D) "The foolish notion that unlimited amounts of money and credit created out of thin air can provide sustainable economic growth has delivered this crisis to us."—U.S. Congressman, from Texas, Ron Paul (R) Imagine that, on analogy with Main Street...

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Ask Jill: Flap Your Yap More, Type Less.

Dear Jill, I've recently started my own, small recruiting firm. It's just me and I've hung my shingle. It's been a lot of fun, but I want to really start growing my business and create a stronger working relationship with the clients I currently have. What's your advice for maintaining and creating more business in this crazy industry? Sincerely, Wonderin' in...

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From Clerk to CFO: How to Get Ahead in Your Corporate Accounting Career

As an accounting clerk, it may seem like you'll never be able to move up to a CFO position, you can do it if you work hard and dedicate yourself to furthering your career. Many CFOs started off as accounting clerks and worked their way up, and you can too. The major factors to keep in mind when furthering your corporate accountant career are education and internal promotions. Education in...

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Getting to Know Your Clients and Candidates

Those of us who have been in the industry longer than the internet has been in the average home probably remember the notebooks and colorful sticky notes we had all over our desks. These essential parts of our recruiting arsenal were chalk full of tidbits of personal information about everyone we talked to on the phone or met in person. Part of being an executive search recruiter was acting like...

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Six Reasons to Take a Job Aptitude Test

If you are looking to find the right job for your unique skills, talents and interests, you need to take a job aptitude test. These kinds of career tests can be invaluable to job seekers and established professionals alike because they show you how your personality can affect how you interact with others in a work environment and what fields or careers would be best suited to your unique...

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Equal Treatment For Recruiters and Candidates?

There are lot of articles out there on the web like this one which tell candidates how do best deal with recruiters. The article is a checklist of do's and don'ts for job seekers when they are working with a professional recruiter. It was a breath of fresh air to see such a popular site basically instructing candidates to treat their recruiter with respect. With the exception of the bullet...

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Advice for Experienced Project Managers for Furthering Their Careers

If you already have a few years' experience under your belt as a project manager, you may think you know everything there is to know about getting ahead in your career. Especially if you're established in your career as a project manager, you can get complacent and your career advancement can plateau. In order to get ahead, you need to stay fresh and passionate about your career. Don't...

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Recruiter Career Development Planning

Whether you are an independent recruiter working from a home office, or a seasoned professional working at one of the top firms, failing to have a recruiter career development plan in place will mean that eventually, you'll get left in the dust. In order to stay on top of your game and advance in position or earnings, you have to continually challenge yourself to do more, and do it better than...

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Resume Tips for Marketing Managers

As a marketing manager, you know how to get your company noticed in their industry. When you're searching for a job, you need to apply these skills to your resume. The job market is just that — a market, and you're the marketing expert, so put your skills to use in marketing yourself. Think of yourself as a brand and make your resume the best advertisement for your skills and you can get...

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Six Tips for Being a Better Software Development Manager

If you're looking to make your career in the IT industry as a software development manager, you need to take your project managing skills to the next level. You can understand everything about coding and software, but you are first and foremost a manager of a team. In order to excel at your job and move up in your company, you need to keep your software development projects running smoothly....

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How Real Women Get Ahead

Forget what you heard about "being one of the boys," "having it all," and "going for the jugular." Here is how real women get ahead. Get In Line According to Catalyst's 2002 Census of Women Corporate Officers and Top Earners, women fill less than ten percent of line positions held by corporate officers and just 5.2% of top earners at Fortune 500 companies are women. Is there a...

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Type I, II Errors in Recruiting

"Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong."—Thomas Jefferson Which kind of error is worse: accepting an applicant you should have rejected, or rejecting one you should have accepted? If you work for a usually super-cautious and lobbyist-resistant organization like the FDA (Food and Drug...

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A Recruiter's Scales and Tools of Justice

"So, you know I'm not the most politically correct person..."—UCLA student's now-viral YouTube preface to the self-destructive proof How do you, as a recruiter, respond when you discover an applicant has made a fool of herself—or worse—on YouTube? This week, the mega-popular video posting site was abuzz with viewings of and responses to an inflammatory video posted by a sadly...

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Doing the Real Math of Recruiter Networks

"For strange effects and extraordinary combinations we must go to life itself, which is always far more daring than any effort of the imagination." –Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of "Sherlock Holmes" Do you have any idea of how many 2-person contacts among your recruiter network are possible?  More importantly, do you know the professional, social and IT implications of that...

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Career Questionnaire: How This Test Can Help You Find A Career

A career test reveals aspects of your personality and helps you narrow down your career choices, and sometimes a career questionnaire will be called a career or job aptitude test. Luckily, this isn't the kind of test you can fail. By taking a career test, you can find out how you work with others, what kind of work activities best suit you, what sort of work environment is best for your...

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Why You Should Take a Job Assessment Test

A job assessment test can seem at first a little like someone asking a child what she wants to be when she grows up, but the truth is that these tests can tell you more than that. Many job tests include questions about your working preferences, but also questions that give you insight into your personality. Your personality type has a great deal of impact on which types of careers you are likely...

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Use a Career Finder Test to Locate the Best Career for You

A career finder test helps you to determine which career options best suit your particular personality type. These tests use psychological criteria to help determine thought and feeling patterns from your answers. Questions in career path tests can vary widely from your preferences between statements to colors and shapes or even how you feel about certain types of careers. More and more...

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Career Pay: What You Need to Know to Choose a Career

If you are trying to choose a career that will reward you both personally and financially, you should do some research about your chosen career pay, benefits, education and advancement. While it may not be the most important thing in choosing a career, your salary is an important aspect of any job, so it's worth investigating before you set yourself on a certain career path. If you're...

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Learning How to Find the Right Career

When you first set out to determine how to find the right career, you may realize that there are a lot of options and paths. Many people spend their working life moving from job to job in an effort to figure out how to find a suitable career and finally locate the right profession for their interests and personality. If you start off with a clear career plan, you can save yourself time and...

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Make the Most of Your Meetings

Typical managers spend nearly 40% of their work hours in business meetings, not to mention the time spent preparing (and recuperating). A survey of business leaders showed: • 33% of time spent in meetings is unproductive • 75% of the respondents said it is "almost essential" to have an agenda, yet they use them only 50% of the time • Only 64% of meetings achieve their intended...

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Finding the Right Career Choice Test for You

A career choice test is designed to help you learn about how your interests and skills relate to different types of careers for which you may have an aptitude. Career aptitude tests assess your answers to specific questions and offer direction as to which careers may suit you best. As you decide which career options to pursue, you have many different factors to consider. The right career test can...

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Why You Should Take a Career Path Test

Although there is a lot of junky career fit tests out there on the web, taken together, they really might offer some helpful perspective. A career path test is one of the fastest and most valuable tools you can use for helping to determine the most appropriate career path for you. By investing just a short period of time, you can get results that will help enlighten you as to specific...

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Resources Available at a Career Services Center

When you are trying to find the right job or career path for you, a career services center can be an invaluable resource. Many community colleges and universities will have a career center on campus, and you should take advantage if you are a student in search of the perfect career. If you are a job seeker who isn't in school, you can also find many career centers in your local community....

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Finding the Right Career for You

There are few decisions that you'll make in your life that could have as big of an impact as finding the right career. Ending up in a job that you are not happy with can have a negative effect on a number of areas of your life. You can minimize the potential negative effects of working in a job that you don't enjoy by doing the appropriate amount of research, consulting with qualified experts...

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How Career Degrees Can Help You Get Your Dream Job

Landing some dream jobs requires a different educational path than other jobs, which is why many job seekers are actively pursuing career degrees to ensure that they wind up in a career that is rewarding in every imaginable way. It can be tough to get any job without higher education, but getting and keeping your dream job may require a specialized course of education that you can only get from...

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How a Career Information Center Can Help You Find Your Career

Finding the right career is an absolutely enormous decision, but by taking the time to visit a career information center, you can make that decision in a much faster and much more informed manner. A career center will give you access to a tremendous amount of resources that will ultimately help to facilitate this very important life decision. The career counselors and professionals at a career...

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Marketing Management Research and Analytics

When was the last time you stopped and evaluated your marketing campaign? Did you evaluate the results against your own goals, or your client or employer's goals? It is very easy to fall into the trap of targeting the same keywords as your high-ranking competitors. We all get caught up in the race, jockeying for position so that we can come out a nose ahead in the final stretch. But before...

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Why Projects Fail

One of the project manager's responsibilities is project completion. However, poor project management practices often lead to project failure, and accountability lands squarely on the project manager's shoulders. Every project is different, however, there are generalities that exist with every project that a good project manager should know and can use to assess the project's success or...

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Of Mice and Men

—Running the maze of HR behavioral psychology "The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it."—Karl Marx, Theses on Feuerbach, thesis 11 "Give me a dozen healthy infants, well-formed, and my own specified world to bring them up in and I'll guarantee to take any one at random and train him to become any type of specialist I...

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Evaluating and Purchasing Recruitment Technology – A Vendor's Perspective

I was lucky enough to attend this Tuesday's #TChat (which you should attend if you are on Twitter) and there was a great conversation on "Best Practices Evaluating, Purchasing Implementing HR/Recruiting Tech Software".  Long title, but a pretty interesting conversation between HR / Recruiting professionals with a few vendor opinions mixed in.  I encourage you to read the recap...

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Natural (Initial) Selection: The Job Applicant as Gladiator

"Nos morituri te salutant! (We who are about to die salute you!)"—gladiator salutation to Caesar in the "games" arena of the Coliseum "As a game it is comic. The woman sets up the competition, and while the two men are fighting, she decamps with a third. The internal and external psychological advantages for her and her mate are derived from the position that honest competition is for...

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How to Find the Right Career for Your Unique Skills

It can be hard to find the right career for you, especially if you're not sure what you want to do for a living. Searching for jobs and planning your career path can seem overwhelming, but you can find a great career if you carefully weigh your options and think about what kind of work inspires you. When trying to find the perfect career for your unique skills, talents and interests, there are...

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Career Questionnaire: How Tests Can Help You Find A Career

A career test reveals aspects of your personality and helps you narrow down your career choices, and sometimes a career questionnaire will be called a career or job aptitude test. Luckily, this isn't the kind of test you can fail. By taking a career test, you can find out how you work with others, what kind of work activities best suit you, what sort of work environment is best for your...

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Choosing a Career Path

There are a great number of factors that can go into choosing a career path. For some individuals the decision is already laid out for them in the form of a several generation old family business or by way of some undeniable talent that simply can't be ignored. For others choosing a career path is a much more difficult and time consuming process that can feel overwhelming or even downright...

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Characteristics of a Successful Marketing VP

Consumers' spending habits change over time, mostly due to the state of the economy and according to their own financial goals and objectives. Businesses that want to increase their profit margin have to change their habits as well if they want more lead-to-sale conversions. A successful marketing VP not only keeps up with the marketing trends, but also buying trends of consumers. Nowadays...

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Seven Bad Habits IT Managers Should Avoid

An IT manager's work is never done. From developing and implementing information systems to supervising server maintenance to researching methods to ensure the security of information that passes through the information server, a workday in the life of an IT manager is seldom a dull one. Even the best IT manager is guilty of a few management bad habits, however, and these habits could prove...

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Hobby Analysis

The serious information conveyed by what applicants do for fun "Hobbies of any kind are boring except to people who have the same hobby. This is also true of religion, although you will not find me saying so in print."—Dave Barry, syndicated columnist, author and humorist   It's speculation, but it stands to reason that a hobby is always more than just that—especially...

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How to Make a Recruit Quit

—a 2-factor model of setting up for failure "Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul."—General Douglas MacArthur Almost everybody thinks about quittingat least once during a lifetime of employment. I don't know everybody, but I would bet on it. It's an even safer bet that the most likely reasons are the most obvious: low pay, poor advancement prospects,...

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Career Recruiting

Recruiters are not career counselors. They are not career advisors, job mentors, resume writers, personal brand advocates, interview coaches, nor personal success advocates. A recruiter's primary mission is to identify and place talent, not to develop and nurture candidates' careers. Career recruiting, for most, means a recruiter who doesn't make very many placements... It is therefore...

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Emergency Recruiter TSP Networking: "Life-Webs"

A prudent enhancement of your networking capabilities It is unlikely that anyone reading this is unaware of the cataclysmic earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear reactor disasters that have rocked Japan since the most massive earthquake in recorded Japanese history struck  Sendai, northeast of Tokyo, around 3 pm, Friday, March 11, Tokyo  time. Recently upgraded to a 9.1 magnitude...

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Play 20 Questions to Develop a Successful Mentoring Program

Training and Development. Why do some organizations achieve great success in rolling out a mentoring program, while others achieve only a modicum of success? We believe that the companies that are most successful view corporate mentoring as an organic process, meaning that they understand that mentoring programs evolve and grow. Our experience demonstrates that the difference between...

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Unfiring: Re-Recruitment Models

—Are IBM, the IRS and your local high school fire-rehire trailblazers? "Suicide is man's way of telling God, 'You can't fire me – I quit.'" –Bill Maher What is a recruiter supposed to do if a candidate she placed is fired? Specifically, and in addition to any expressions of regret, acts of contrition and patches to be put on the client relationship, what about the...

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Take Charge of Conflict

The drama that often accompanies conflict is what gives conflict its bad name. Most of us veer away from screaming matches, stand offs and personal attacks. But, conflict does have redeeming value ... especially for those of us over 50.  According to Barbara Strauch, author of The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain, we need to present our brains with things that make it wake up, pay attention,...

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