So you’ve prepared tirelessly for your upcoming interview. Practiced your posture, rehearsed all the answers, and bought a fancy new suit. You’re about to make the one and only first impression, and it all starts with a handshake. Mind your grip to avoid these common mistakes: Sweaty Palms: You’re nervous. And frankly, it’s gross. Try to calm yourself, or at the very least, bring kleenex. Close Talker: You’ve grabbed their hand and pulled them close. Way too close. Who’s the one in charge here? Mind your boundaries. The Politician: You shake with both hands, like a senator or a used
Twitter’s new Advanced Search Engine now makes it easier to join a specific conversation. As more recruiters and HR Managers post career opportunities online, add this engine to your toolkit. SAMPLE SEARCH All of These Words: Use sparingly, it will omit most results. “Hiring” and/or “Seeking” are common words for a career listing. This Exact Phrase: Use thoughtfully. “Executive Chef” can root out culinary management posts, but it can also exclude similar posts that don’t have that exact phrase. Any of These Words: Key words describing your Industry and Location None of These Words: “Intern”, “Internship”, and “Assistant” are smart to include
Business luncheons, client interviews, an upscale dinner with the team — When a professional outing is paired with a meal, take care that you send the right message. The Venue The right venue sets the right tone. Consider every detail that will shape the experience. Does the Ambiance Suit the Occasion? – How awkward to have a romantic, candle-lit dinner with a prospective client. Visit the venue beforehand, preferably during meal service. Make sure the lighting, decor, and noise level are appropriate for the event. Quality Service & Cuisine – Whether it’s a small bistro, fine dining restaurant, or a
[Original artwork by ChicaDesign Custom Cards] If you’d like to ring in the new year with a new job, use the holidays to your advantage. Capitalize on seasonal events as a friendly, no-pressure way to reconnect with professional contacts. A greeting to celebrate the season can strengthen relationships that may come in handy this year. Reconnect on Social Media Personal/Professional contacts - Email or Facebook: Send a private message to catch up, congratulate them on recent achievements, and send well-wishes for the holidays. Strictly Professional contacts – Email or Linkedin: Congratulate them on their recent achievements, and send well-wishes for the holidays.
For anyone seeking a career move, an experienced recruiter can be a powerful liaison. They’re well connected to major brands in your industry, and well versed in the ways those companies operate. It’s in the recruiter’s best interest to get you hired placements (with the best compensation package, at that). A good recruiter guarantees their placements so we seek to make the correct match. Many candidates are unfamiliar with this process of recruitment, and may fight, deceive, or burn out the person who could’ve helped them secure a new job. Here are some of the best ways to work with a
Many people use Linkedin just to stay in touch with “not-safe-for-Facebook” friends (such as your Boss, or your Boss’ boss). But the world’s top professional networking site offers so much more. Broadcasting updates of your achievements is a great way to promote yourself as an employee. Joining conversations in Linkedin Groups can help troubleshoot problems and expand your business. You can develop new client relationships, using common interests and shared connections as a jumping off point. Best of all, Linkedin is rigorously used by recruiters who can offer you a better job with a higher salary. Profile views peak between 9am-5pm, which means people are
“Stop sending your resumes into cyberspace. It’s a black hole,” advises Ellen Gordon Reeves, Harvard graduate and author of Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? Finding, Landing and Keeping Your First Real Job.  This is true for many online job boards, even the industry-specific ones for niche markets. They are over-saturated with response, so it’s not always a viable option. So which online resources will help you? That largely depends on your level of experience: (Note: These suggestions don’t necessarily apply to Contract and Freelance workers.) Entry Level or Internship: When: Consider the cyclical nature of these jobs. There
No matter how high up the ladder you’ve climbed, re-entering the job market can make you sweat. A few months ago, we offered tips to brush up on your interview etiquette. But what about before you even walk in the door? Preparation can make or break your shot at landing a second interview. Analyst Elisabeth Fosslien recently published a series of Interview Prep charts and graphs, offering advice from a Hiring Manager’s point of view. Below are a few of her suggestions, for candidates at any level. What To Do Before You Apply: Because This is What They’re Doing: Keep a tight lock
The most valuable asset Twitter brings to the table is Public Word-of-Mouth. Anyone in any industry can see who is talking about their company, around the world and in real-time. But where do you start, and what do you look for? Luckily, several developers have launched Twitter analytics visualization tools, to help you sift through the conversations quickly and efficiently. 1.) The Archivist The most comprehensive Twitter-Only analytics tool out right now. It follows each conversation over time, tracks where the tweets are coming from, and names who specifically is speaking the loudest. A simple search for Trump SoHo
First impressions are paramount, especially in Hospitality. Seasoned Executives with strong backgrounds can still sell themselves short with a poorly formatted resume. As recruiters, we sift through hundreds of resumes per week, and have compiled the most common mistakes we see — and how to fix them. [Click on Each Photo to Enlarge] The Wrinkled Suit The Problem : A sloppy appearance with typos, inconsistent formatting, text size or margins. It shows a lack of attention to detail, and communicates that you don’t really care. The Solution: Clarity, Consistency, and Spell-Check The Empty Smile The Problem: It sounds good, but says nothing.