6 places to check on a company’s reputation

Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company. (George Washington)

When a man or woman brags about his virtue, avoid the former and cultivate the latter. (Unkn)

6 places to check on a company’s reputation

What is the […]

Which Reference Is Knifing You In The Back?

Which reference is killing you?

Trust enthusiasm. Fear okay.

If something always goes wrong in your job interviews after the point where references are checked, you probably want to rethink your references.

References – phantom friends

Some of your references may be knifing you in the back. They are your phantom friends. You thought […]

How To Deal With Bad References That Cannot Be Avoided

The best way to protect yourself from a bad reference

What can you do if you know a reference check is going to kill you? Here is what happened to a candidate I placed.

He told me, “I only have 3 references from my previous job. That’s all the guys who worked there. My […]

9 Job References Most People Overlook

Be believable with great references

Why do you have to have real job references? To be believable.

When you say it, it’s suspect selling. When your old boss says it, it’s absolute proof.

When your friend puts your resume on the desk of her boss and says, “Jill is the best salesperson […]

Get a job by being like the guy who invented running

Experts are hired quickly. They rarely look for a job very long. An expert knows all the answers – if you ask the right questions. You can become an expert, just like Jim Fixx.

The guy who invented running died

Runners were either late to an interview or just weird before Jim Fixx.

Jim […]

How to resign your job – part 2

The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn. (Russell)

“Take this job and shove it” – can really hurt YOU

Every week I hear, “I know that candidate from a previous job. I wouldn’t touch him with a ten foot pole. He was not a team player.”

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How to overcome an employer’s resistance to hiring you

Why won’t they hire you? Do desperate employers resist hiring anyone? Do they resist change? Or is it something else they resist?

Would you like to win a million dollars tax free? But isn’t that a change?

If Oprah gave you a new car and money to pay the taxes on it, how hard would […]

Networking, referrals, recruiters, and job boards

Even a fox can get a job guarding a henhouse if he has good enough references.

Internet job boards fill 25% of jobs, recruiters fill 16%, and referrals fill 27% of jobs according to one survey. So where do you want to concentrate your job hunting time?

But there are so many jobs on Indeed, […]

Job interview – Good manners

Good manners soothe people in a potentially bad situation. In a positive situation good manners make everyone involved even more pleased. Manners are society’s way of helping people cope with each other.

Here are some situations and how to deal with them:

I really want this job: At the end of the interview say, “This […]

My last job stunk, what do I say?

“My last employer lied to me. He looked me straight in the eye and lied to me twice in the employment interview. Then he spent the next year undermining me. He made it impossible to reach the pay level he promised me.”

When he told me that, I understood. I’m an agency recruiter. I could […]