Category Archives for "Job Search"

Aug 01

Corporate Bias to 50-plussers?

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Age bias doesn’t exist in the workplace, right? Well, maybe it doesn’t, but that doesn’t mean that corporate managers will higher older people into positions. The reason? Their skills have some assumptions built into them and those assumptions fit some stereotypes — steady, not innovative, not big on change, and not willing to adapt. I’m […]

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Jul 31

Negotiating the Offer

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

When pursuing an new position, it’s great to get an offer. The time you’ve spent so far is to get to the position of having an offer presented to you by your prospective employer or new manager. But, it’s not over yet. Once an offer is presented, there is, in fact, a whole set of […]

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Jul 30

Job Hunting via Blogs

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

If you are a Cubicle Warrior and write a blog, don’t be surprised if a recruiter comes knocking at your cube wall. Recruiters and hiring managers, of course, will put your name in a search engine and see what they can find out about you. But if you have a blog, they will go further […]

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Jun 26

Working With versus Working For

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

How do you characterize your past career assignments as an employee during an interview? You see, the language you use to describe your past positions can tell you a lot about how you are thinking about your career. One of the principles of career management is to consider yourself to be a consultant or contractor […]

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Jun 25

Video Job Ads — How to Evaluate

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Here you are, at your computer, checking out the job ads to see if there was something you were interested in pursuing. But instead of checking out those boring job descriptions associated with the ad — how many of them have you read that actually describe the job?? — you click on a link and […]

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Jun 13

Know Your Quitting Point

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

You know that with every job, there is a level of the mundane that must be done to work into the most creative aspects of the work you do. Like the artist who must show the work in order to create the art in the first place. It’s like that with knowledge workers as well. […]

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Jun 04

What’s in Your Portfolio?

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

While on vacation, I thought a lot about specialization and generalization of skills. The balance between the two is a tough one. On the one hand, people like to learn the latest and greatest — especially technical people as they believe that knowing the latest programming language or the latest technology philosophy is what is […]

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May 17

Paper Resumes are SO Last Century

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

One of the fundamentals of finding a new position is the resume. Entire companies have been created just to help people construct, write, and maintain resumes. But, times are changing — of course! There is a growing contingent that believe that in addition to the traditional resume, we should also be using our own web […]

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May 15

JibberJobber Blog Birthday

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Well, today is the day. One year ago –with no job, few dollars, but a lot of hope and hard work — the JibberJobber blog was born. And not just the blog — but a new career management application that helps all of us Cubicle Warriors finally have a tool that enables us to manage […]

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May 03

Recruiters Top Ten Complaints

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Yahoo, through Alison Damast, offers up the top 10 complaints about job applicants by recruiters. Of course, the comments are about students who are graduating with MBA degrees, but I also think that they apply to virtually every person working with a recruiter. I won’t repeat them here, but go ahead and read them on […]

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Apr 26

Job Search Time Increases

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

March’s unemployment dropped to 4.4% — but the average time a job seeker remained unemployed increased from 16.4 weeks in February to 17.3 weeks in March. Over at Career Hub, Brian Weis provided six steps to a simple job search game plan — and they are all good and I’d go there to take a […]

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Apr 23

Use Accomplishment Lists

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

One of the things that I like to have from my employees — and want to do for myself — is a weekly status report. Administrivia? Yes. But, a record of your accomplishments for the week. And week after week adds up to a lot of accomplishments. Over at J Wynia’s, he suggests Managing Your […]

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Mar 15

We’re All Auditioning

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Tonight, I watched a little TIVO after coming home from work. One of the programs that I TIVO is The Actor’s Studio because I always find one nugget of information coming from an actor that is absolutely true — a life lesson. Tonight, I watched the two-hour show (two hours, versus one, is an event […]

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Dec 26

The Interview Gauntlet

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Have you noticed that moving to a different company is harder? Companies, of course, want to ensure that the potential employee is a good one. One of the ways of determining worth is to have the candidate interview with multiple people so as to secure differing points of view about the candidate. This makes sense […]

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