For Cause or Not For Cause, that is the question.

Normally when I read an article about an employee being fired for ‘doing the right thing’ (trying to stop a shoplifter, leaving the store to catch a dog before it runs into the road, etc.) I empathize with the employee, but redirect the question to the rule that was violated to cause the firing. Store […]

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Ask the Question!

Constructive feedback after an interview is always a good thing. Most companies won’t provide it, however, for a number of reasons: too busy, can’t put their finger on it, didn’t like the personality, didn’t have the right background, sloppy dresser, poor grammar, negative attitude, and the list goes on. That’s on the company side. What […]

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An Unintentional Motivator

When I was young, I had two classmates who knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. Not fireman or astronauts, but would you believe car racing and comic books? Bill Riley used to love talking about cars. Racing cars, technology, etc. His dad was in the business and Bill knew exactly what […]

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Two Words: Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky. Two words I’ve never used in conjunction with job searching or hiring an employee. This blog, however, is all about her career path AFTER the ‘scandal’. When Monica Lewinsky set out to accept her intern position with the White House, I’m pretty sure she had an idea of what she wanted to do […]

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Go With Your Gut

Last week I received an email, then had several emails exchanged, a gentleman who was interested in hiring us to find him some new employees.  The type of employee he was looking for wasn’t an issue, but the thought process behind his email was concerning.  Here are some of the points to his email: “You’re […]

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The Cat’s Meow, er, Poop

Frustrated with his job search, a gentleman from St. Louis sent bundles of cat droppings to each of those companies who rejected him.  (Article link here:  http://bit.ly/1dHTRvQ).  Aside from the obvious repercussions including two years’ probation, this job seeker will forever be known as the cat-poop guy.   How does that increase his chances of landing […]

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Able, Willing AND Available

The first time I found myself in a position to file for unemployment was a real humble moment.  I had been ‘downsized’ from a company that said they were closing their doors.  I called my dad as I left the office that final day and was sobbing as I told him I was ‘fired’.  I’m […]

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Helicopter Parents Need to Fly On Outta Here!

Every once in a while I receive an email from a parent forwarding their (adult) child’s resume.  While I can appreciate your wanting to help them, it’s best to just hand over the recruiters’ contact info and have them contact the recruiter directly.  Be sure you have them mention you in their email, especially since […]

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Is Blogging the new Black?

Blogging seems to go with everything these days!  Like quilting?  Start a blog?  Love a recipe?  Blog about it?  Run the operations side of a search firm?  Blog it, baby! The problem comes in that you have to keep blogging.  Social media experts aren’t very forgiving when you don’t blog often.  Blog now and blog […]

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It Just Wasn’t a Good Fit (Follow up from yesterday’s post)

Following up on the previous blog regarding the candidate who kept saying ‘It wasn’t a good fit’:  After several attempts, days in between conversations, and my sharing with him my concern for him not being able to articulate WHY he left, he finally shared with me his story.  After he was terminated (previously, he had […]

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