Seeking a Shawshank Redemption

will-s-0209Dealing with a criminal record while job seeking.

Finding a job these days is tough for everyone, but having a criminal offense on your record makes it an even more daunting task.  In this “employer’s market” they have a certain leverage and opportunity to be extremely selective in hiring. With an abundance of job seekers employers must determine if hiring a candidate with an imperfect background is worth the risk of a law suit or perhaps exorbitant hikes in insurance premiums. Continue reading “Seeking a Shawshank Redemption”

I Got an Interview! Where’s My Flack Jacket?

danny-0509Keys to being prepared for the 1st interview.

Here’s a general rule of thumb: when the job market is not good and unemployment is high, employers are more selective because they have more qualified candidates in their labor pool than they would have otherwise. What does this mean for you? Well, if you are one of the fortunate people to get the opportunity to interview with an employer, this is when your real work begins. Continue reading “I Got an Interview! Where’s My Flack Jacket?”

Do References Matter Anymore?

When 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?”

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”