Archive for November, 2009

Do References Matter Anymore?

aleesa-0509When to provide references.

To reference or not to reference; that is the question. This topic seems to be attracting more and more attention since the economy has been on the downslide. So, do employers actually perform reference checks? Some employers emphasize that they fanatically check references on job seekers because they want the “cream of the crop” in today’s talent pool. Still others feel reference checks are time consuming, labor intensive, and unnecessary. Continue reading ‘Do References Matter Anymore?’

I Have SO Been an Elf…Now What?

danny-0509Exploring options for seasonal employment.

Hello loyal job seekers! It’s the season for seasonal employment. I couldn’t believe my eyes as I wandered through the Galleria last week and saw the holiday decorations quickly finding their new homes. After talking to employers, I know many are ready to begin hiring seasonal workers for various positions. Continue reading ‘I Have SO Been an Elf…Now What?’

Preparing for the New Normal

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After the 2001 recession, the national unemployment rate climbed to 5.8 percent in 2002, and peaked at 6.3 percent in 2003 before falling back to 4.6 percent for 2006 and 2007. Most economists agree that we may never see employment numbers this low again. Continue reading ‘Preparing for the New Normal’

Dream Big…Think Real

aleesa-0509When I grow up, I want to be…

I attend various career fairs throughout the year to source candidates and introduce others to Workforce Solutions. Quite often these career fairs draw job seekers who are on the verge of making the transition from college student to career professional. In one of my previous blogs, I affectionately referred to these types of candidates as “fresh meat.” Continue reading ‘Dream Big…Think Real’

The Job is in the Details

danny-0509Following directions will lead you to employment.

In a former life, I worked as a recruiter. Now, I supervise a wonderful team of people who recruit daily to help people get to work. What I hear about recruiting now is consistent with my experience as a recruiter. People who want to get hired know how to follow directions. Continue reading ‘The Job is in the Details’