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Archive: August, 2009

A sign of hope for Monday morning

Monday, August 31, 2009, 3:45 AM
One of the first positive signs of a recovering job market will be an increase in temporary hiring. Before employers commit to building their own workforces, they'll hedge their bets by bringing on temps. This is particularly true now as more and more companies try to avoid employees all together by... Read more

Giving good phone, part three

Friday, August 28, 2009, 2:30 AM
When you begin your phone interview, try to get the name and title of the interviewer and write it down. That way, you can refer to it throughout the interview (people likes to hear their names -- that's what Dale Carnegie, the dean of influencing others advises). You may also be able to write a post-interview... Read more

Practice your family phone drill

Thursday, August 27, 2009, 3:45 AM
If you are unemployed, you need to get your family involved in this very important aspect of the job hunt. They need to be on your side when it comes to a phone interview. Dogs barking, doorbells ringing, babies crying, music in the background, the laugh track from the television, pots and pans clanking... Read more

Giving good phone - Part one

Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 3:15 AM
More and more job recruiting begins with a phone interview. The good news is that you don't need a fancy tie (see yesterday's post.) But there are some tips that can help you nail the interview. Remember, these tend to be screening interviews, so if you don't make the cut, you might not get another... Read more

No pink slip for the guy with the pink tie

Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 3:45 AM
I'm constantly stunned (although I'm not sure why) when companies hitch their marketing wagons to the poor sad nag of unemployment. Here's the latest ridiculousness (with my commentary) ... Here's how the press release begins: "Unemployment rates are at an all time high, with unemployed Americans... Read more

Good news from Jersey

Monday, August 24, 2009, 4:35 AM
Just in case you missed it, there was good news from Jersey last week. In July, private employers added 13,000 jobs, even as public sector employment declined by 7,100 jobs. That bump up was New Jersey's first in 17 months, dating back to January 2008. More amazing news -- manufacturing hiring was... Read more

Prevent workplace deaths. Layoff workers

Friday, August 21, 2009, 5:15 AM
Guess what?! Here's a great way to prevent death on the job. Lay off all the workers. Then they won't die at work! Wow, yesterday's U.S. Labor Department's annual report on workplace fatalities was a stunner as the number of workplace fatalities plunged, right along with number of people employed.... Read more

Don't be too proud to get help

Friday, August 14, 2009, 4:00 AM
Even if you are middle-class and not used to going to social service agencies that help the poor, don't be too proud to accept help from their job counselors. That's some advice from Gloria Leidel, a longtime job counselor from Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia. Because of... Read more

Don't be to proud to get help

Friday, August 14, 2009, 3:45 AM
Even if you are middle-class and not used to going to social service agencies that help the poor, don't be too proud to accept help from their job counselors. That's some advice from Gloria Leidel, a longtime job counselor from Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia. Because of... Read more

Avoiding the career fair cattle chute

Thursday, August 13, 2009, 3:30 AM
Sometimes it seems like these huge job fairs are big waste. It's like seeing cattle herded into the chute. But, says Gloria Leidel, a longtime job counselor from Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia, there is a strategy to using them to your advantage. You shouldn't go into one... Read more
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