Tag Archives: Job Seekers

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August 21, 2013

A Lesson in Due Diligence From a Teen’s First Job

bigstock-Skateboard-isolated-on-white-w-35556623Last spring I had a talk with my 15-year-old son about his summer plans. He’s too old for most of the sports camps that used to fill up school vacation. So I delivered the bad news:

“This summer you’re getting a job.” Read More

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July 8, 2013

Interview Etiquette

A lot of things changed as a result of the financial crisis in 2008. And nothing suffered more than the countless small courtesies that used to be involved in the process of looking for job.

When my father joined the human resources group at Pfizer in the mid-1960s, they employed a secretary whose only task was to write thank you letters to people who had submitted resumes. Read More

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June 13, 2013

Now the Bad News

I wrote earlier this week about the experience advantage held by older workers. Today, I’m writing about the challenges they face.

Simply discussing this topic will make some people angry. Age is a taboo subject among executives, especially those in HR. But that doesn’t mean the prejudices are any less real. Read More

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June 11, 2013

Good News for the Over-50 Crowd

My 15-year-old son reminds me almost every day that teenagers are omniscient.

“Dad,” he’ll say. “You’re totally wrong. Don’t you know that _________?” Whatever the topic, no matter how obscure, he’s confident he has full command of the facts and their tiniest nuances—and that I don’t. Read More

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May 1, 2013

Silver Linings for Jobseekers

I’ve talked with thousands of job seekers, and have yet to meet a single one who loves the search process.
Why? First, looking for a position is the ultimate sales job. Selling anything involves a lot of rejection, and that can be dispiriting when you are the product. It takes a thick skin, and can be particularly hard for those with no sales experience. Read More

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April 3, 2013

Stupid Advice for Jobseekers

Sometimes I wonder if a bright young engineer has created a computer program that automatically generates advice for jobseekers. How else to explain the constant stream of articles in the media? There’s a new one — or two or three — every day.

Most share a common theme. They say social media has changed the job search game, and that job seekers, particularly older ones, must adopt new strategies or risk permanent unemployment. Read More

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March 5, 2013

A Funny Story About the Perils of Facebook for Job Seekers

This story is true, but I’ve changed key details to protect the people involved.

A physician at a world-renowned hospital was evaluating two finalists for a prestigious residency. Both were men who had excelled at blue chip medical schools and colleges. They had engaging personalities. Their references were stellar. They were equally likeable and the physician could see himself enjoying working with either one. He couldn’t decide which one to hire. Read More

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November 26, 2012

Job Seeker? Here’s How to Work With Retained Recruiters

Is it worth it for job seekers to phone or try to meet executive recruiters? Judging by the high number of calls I receive, many people think so.

Generally, however, I think trying to make personal contact with recruiters is a bad strategy. It’s easy to waste a lot of time. In order to understand why, you need to know two important facts about the business. Read More

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February 14, 2012

3 Things Job Seekers Get Wrong

I hear from a lot of people who are looking for a new job. Some of them are out of work, and others are just looking for the next great opportunity.

Since I work in executive search, most of the people who contact me are quite senior. As you’d expect given their experience level, the majority of them are very good at managing their own job searches. They know what to do and how to do it. Read More

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