Guerilla Job Search

There is a proverb that says, “Desperate times require desperate actions”.  Some individuals seeking employment might just feel that way when it comes to seeking employment.  We’re all reading about individuals standing with a sign at a corner or printing their resume on a tee shirt, but apart from the amusing story of what some people would do for a job, let’s look at it from a different perspective.

It’s easy to follow the application process ...

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Paper Turkeys and the Emotional Bank Account

HR as the strategic partner……I think as I print out the last batch of funny turkey cards for the company’s gift to employees for this Thanksgiving Holiday.  As we begin our HR careers, this is often the staple of what we do.  The “soft” side of HR, also known as the fluffy or non-value-added activities wind up on most of HR’s plates.  It’s always been difficult to articulate these morale-building activities as part of ...

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I Was Who I Am….

The other night, as part of a coaching session, I was conducting a post mortem with a client who just had her first interview in months.  She asked a very simple, but sincere question.  She said, “Rick, during the interview should I project myself as the person they are seeking or just be myself?”  This made me think of this person who really needed this job and how landing it would help her circumstances.  Of ...

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The Strategic Corporal: The New Empowerment

I often enjoy my talks with my brother Scott.  A retired Army, Lieutenant Colonel, Scott still doesn’t take himself too seriously, even after working at senior levels at the Pentagon and teaching at the prestigious Army Command Staff College.  Once in a while, we hit a note in our talks that brings about an “Aha” moment for me.  Earlier this week I mentioned how proud I am of the professionalism in the junior ranks ...

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Can HR Deliver Disruptive Innovation?

Disruptive technology and disruptive innovation are terms used in business and technology literature to describe innovations that improve a product or service in ways that the market does not expect, typically by being lower priced or designed for a different set of consumers.  The original concept was introduced in an article by Josephe Bower and Clayton Christen (1995) that introduced the concept.

Henry Ford’s Model T, the PC, and the Iphone, are all examples of ...

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The Job Search and the 30-Second Commercial

It is important whether you will be meeting people in person or on the phone, to prepare your 30-second commercial so that when someone ask you, “What do you do?”  You don’t say, “Well, uh, I’m just looking for a job and looking for like an HR job or something…!

A simple model for preparing your 30-second commercial is to briefly review four specific questions.  Any longer than that time and people will not listen.

Your commercial ...

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Job Networking for Introverts

Even during these tough times, networking continues to be the most successful way to find new employment.  Different studies conflict as to the exact number, but somewhere between 50-80% of job seekers report that it was their networking that helped them land their current position.  This is especially true for professional, leadership, and technical positions.  But what if you just don’t like or can’t network?  This is a common source of fear for many ...

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Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)

Do you know GINA?  (New employer posting requirement from the DOL)

On November 21, 2009, employers will be required to begin posting language about the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). This poster should be displayed wherever you currently post other required labor law and state regulations in the workplace, and the template from the Department of Labor is attached.

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110-233, 122 Stat. 881, enacted May 21, 2008, ...

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Interview Questions You Should Ask

I find that one of the simplest ways to improve interviewing performance is through asking good questions:  Here are some of my favorites.

  • What’s the biggest change your group has gone through in the last year?
  • One year from now, if I get the job, what will earn me a “gold star”? What are the key accomplishments you’d like to see in this role over the next year?
  • What’s your (or my future boss’) leadership style?
  • About which competitor are ...
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My Goal is to Fire Someone…

One of my secret weaknesses is a certain flame-broiled hamburger and accompanying onion ring meal that frankly, just makes me happy even though certified as one of my vices by my doctor.  It was last Saturday afternoon while both daughters were attending their bi-weekly dance class when the hunger pangs attacked.  I had two hours to kill and was looking for a distraction or perhaps a way to reward myself for being a good ...

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