Some thoughts to get you going for the week.
I thought I’d start with this great article from Kelly Eggers. She writes for a number of online outlets on a variety of job search-related issues and generally provides great info. She knocks it out of the park with this one:
Seven Interview Questions That Kill Careers
1: So, tell me a little about yourself.
2: Why do you want to leave your current job?
3. What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?
4. How would your current or former colleagues describe you? (Hyo – this question I ask all the time)
5. What is your goal for the short term?
6. Are there certain tasks or types of people you don’t like?
7. Do you have any questions? (Hyo – go read the comments but I really do not like it when an interviewee gives a blank stare when I ask this question)
Read the article and the expert comments for each question at this link: http://sales-jobs.fins.com/Articles/SB130322492289007503/Seven-Interview-Questions-That-Kill-Careers?imw=Y&link=FINS_sales_mp_cn
The job hiring front
CNNMoney reported that businesses added 176,000 jobs in August. I thought the most important slice of information was this:
Who created the most jobs: Medium-sized businesses added 74,000 jobs, while small businesses with fewer than 50 employees added 71,000 jobs, and large businesses with at least 500 employees added 32,000 workers to their payrolls in August.
Small and medium businesses added nearly all the jobs.
Well, that’s got to focus your efforts. Small business have always lead the recovery. Sure, big companies are glamorous and look good in the movies. But the backbone of America’s economy is small businesses (and smallish, medium-size businesses).
And to revisit a very good article from Phil Baker:
Resume Writing for Intelligent Applicants
The majority of resumes do not survive very long! This document must be fit to survive, and each move can be the death. The initial door is the electronic digital scan for keywords. Resume writing that has flaws will bite the dust immediately.
If your document survives the computer review, the next stop will be in front of the hiring manager, HR employee, or in the case of the smaller business, the business owner. Small to mid-sized enterprises have casual screening systems while the larger businesses will have Personnel staff and a more superior monitoring method.
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