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Shala Marks

Marks’ stories have also been published in a variety of newspaper, magazine and online formats including The Arizona Republic, The Daily Herald, Arizona Foothills Magazine and various classroom magazines of Scholastic Inc. Service is her passion, writing is her platform and uplifting and inspiring the community is her purpose. Marks received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from Arizona State University.
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Job Seekers, Recruiters Want 4 Things From You

I recently read a U.S. News story that talked about the recruiter's wish-list for job seekers. With a 6.7 percent national unemployment rate, I'm certain there are millions of job seekers out there who'd like to know what recruiters desire when it comes to hiring. The story's writer, Arnie Fertig, explained how the Association of Career Professionals International – New England,...

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The Maids Offers 3 Simple Tips to Select Your Next Hire

Undoubtedly you've seen this company's yellow car with the blue letters driving around somewhere; I actually just saw one in my neighborhood yesterday. It is "the only franchised residential cleaning service to clean for health, combining environmentally preferable cleaning supplies and state-of-the-art equipment with a methodical process to maintain the healthiest living environment...

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iCIMS Partners with Cumming Corp. to Offer Free Job Seeker Webinar

iCIMS, Inc., leading provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) talent acquisition software solutions, has teamed up with the Cumming Corporation to present an educational webcast, "Behind the Hiring Curtain: Transparency in the Hiring Process." The free webcast will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PDT. "The ultimate goal of our...

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InternQueen Lauren Berger Releases New Book Helping Young Workers Prepare for "Real World"

Lauren Berger had 15 internships while in college—and she still failed at her first "real" job. Now she's using her experience to help give other workers the book she wish she'd had right out of college. Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job into Your Dream Career is Berger's new novel that serves as a handbook for those who are...

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The Benefits of Selective Networking

We've all heard about the power of networking...over and over again. But, let's be honest, sometimes we wonder, does networking really work? The saying, "It's not what you know, but who you know," doesn't apply to everyone. Some people land jobs in a company solely based off their resumes and skills sets, while others—although qualified—are passed over for an individual who...

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Jose vs. Joe: Name Discrimination in the Hiring Process

A Business Insider article told the unfortunate story of Jose Zamora, a job seeker who decided to alter his "ethnic name" on his resume in an attempt to get a callback. And, apparently, his tactic worked. According to the article, over the past few months, Zamora applied for 50-100 jobs each day without receiving any responses. He decided to remove the "s" from his name when sending...

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Glassdoor Releases Top 25 Companies for Culture & Values (2014)

Glassdoor recently released its Top 25 Companies for Culture Values (2014), rankings based entirely off employee feedback over the past year (with ratings based on a 1-5). Social networking site Twitter landed in the no. 1 spot this year, receiving a 4.5 rating for culture values. PR agency Edelman took the no. 2 spot with a 4.4 score while Google, also earning a 4.4, helped round out...

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Professional Diversity Network Releases September Diversity Jobs Report

The Professional Diversity Network, Inc. recently released its September Diversity Jobs Report (DJR) and Diversity Jobs Index (DJI.) The new report examines the diversity employment situation in Financial Services while exploring the benefits of employing more women, particularly in leadership positions. The September DJR found that women and minorities are generally well represented in the...

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Should You Discuss Religious Practices During a Job Interview?

The interview question was seemingly simple, "How do you relieve stress?" And as Michael sat looking at his two interviewers awaiting his response, a myriad of things went through his head. "How do you overcome stressful situations?" one of his interviewers added to the originally posed question. At that point Michael began to get nervous 1) because he felt like he was taking too long...

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The Truth Behind Our Titles set for Oct. 1 in NYC, Reveals "Secrets" Behind Successful Women

Successful, high-achieving women have more than their credentials in common, and an upcoming women's event in New York City plans to "spill the beans" when it comes to the secrets behind working women. The Truth Behind Our Titles™ – Strength, Resilience and Hope for the Professional Journey is a movement founded by Michelle Tenzyk— a veteran recruitment and HR expert of East Tenth...

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4 Reasons Veterans Make Great Recruiters

According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for Gulf War-era II veterans – those who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces any time since September 2001—was 9 percent in 2013. And the jobless rate for all veterans was 6.6 percent. And although the job search can be a challenge for most people, research shows that veterans oftentimes...

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Job Ad Tells Mushy Pleasers, Vapid Granolas to Keep Walkin'

I ran across a Yahoo! News story "GOP congressman seeks 'true patriot' fall interns — 'vapid granolas' need not apply." The story was about a recent job ad for, Yahoo! alleges, Texas Representative Steve Stockman. Apparently this congressman is seeking very "particular" types of interns to fulfill some duties for the remainder of 2014. The Yahoo! headline caught my attention, but it...

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