By J.T. O'Donnell Recently, I've heard some alarming stories where people who had deep professional respect for someone found out something about the person that rocked them to the core. One was a young professional who dreamed of working for a well-known local businessman. He had passionately pursued a job with the man for over a year. He was finally rewarded with the coveted job of being the man's assistant. He was still riding the high of landing his dream job when his new boss asked him to start lying to his wife for him because he was having an affair and didn't want her to find out. Another was of a well-respected manager who had a staff of over 50 people that adored her. She was known for being available to help anyone and worked incredibly long-hours to make sure she connected with her staff as much as possible. Her division was showing solid profitability and she was being called 'the posterchild' for being a great leader....until she got caught fudging the numbers AND stealing from the company. My question is this:When you've admired and wanted to emulate someone for their professional savvy, only to find out something terrible/questionable about their ethics, can that respect ever be restored? I ask because our increasing embracment of social media is causing a new level of transparency that is going to significantly increase these kinds of situations. We are ALL humans, which means, we are basically programmed to make bad judgment calls and plenty of mistakes. The old phrase, 'Don't throw stones at glass houses," comes to mind. And yet, as a society, I don't think we are quite equipped to forgive and forget these kinds of professional errors. So, I've created a 3 question, 30 second survey in an effort to see: A) how many of us have experienced something like this. And, B) how many of us were able to forgive. SEE RESULTS AND FOLLOW UP ARTICLE HERE Take the survey and I'll post the answers in a follow-up article. And of course, share your comments below as well!
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September 23, 2022
Have you interviewed for a job and got caught off guard with the salary question? Do you struggle to identify a reasonable salary range that you feel comfortable with? If so, we're here to show you the right way to conduct salary research!
These days, the hiring manager or recruiter will most likely ask about your salary expectations in the first or early round of the interview process. If you aren’t ready for this conversation, it can make you look unprepared, diffident, or worse….costing you the entire job opportunity.
So, let's show you how to avoid that and talk about your desired salary with confidence!
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- Figure out the correct sites to explore while doing salary research
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September 27, 2022
In my experience as an executive resume writer, cover letters only get read about a third of the time they are sent. That being said, when one is required, or you are hoping for that added edge to get a hiring manager's attention, there is no doubt a great cover letter can make all the difference.
To accomplish this, your cover letter must be disruptive and draw them in.
Here are some things to keep in mind when you're writing a disruptive cover letter.
Paragraph 1: Tell A Story
In the first paragraph of your disruptive cover letter, you need to establish a connection between you and the employer. How do you do that? Well, you need to tell a story.
The surest way to stand out to employers is to tell a story about why you feel connected to their company.
Don't just reiterate what you say in your resume in the very first paragraph of your cover letter. Explain what you admire about the company you're applying to. Do they sell a product or provide a service that's had a big impact on your life? Do they support causes you are passionate about? Why do you feel connected to their mission?
Ultimately, you want to tell a story about what drew you to the company, and the important role it has played in your life.
Paragraph 2: Dig Deeper And Get Them Excited About What Comes Next
The second paragraph must provide the hiring manager with some added context about your unique background, and set the stage for some career highlights that, to quote an old saying, "puts your money where your mouth is."
Blend language from the job description together with nuggets of information that are unique to you. Set the stage for how you are qualified for the role you are applying to. But, don't overdo it.
Continue your story and relate it to the position, all while emphasizing that connection.
Paragraph 3: Hard Hitting Highlights
Select a couple of examples from your resume that you believe will impress recruiters and hiring managers. Rather than a complete cut and paste, reword these achievements and frame them in a way that shows the employers what you can do for them.
In many cases, numbers resonate more than words, so be sure to include quantifiable examples wherever possible.
Paragraph 4: Say Goodbye While Refreshing Their Memory
In this fourth and last paragraph, be sure to thank the hiring manager for taking the time to read your disruptive cover letter (remember that not all managers do!).
Next, use this last bit of space to help the reader connect the dots to show them why you are a great job candidate, a business-of-one who can provide a service they need with a personal connection to the company that is invaluable.
Remember: You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Make yours count with an impactful and disruptive cover letter that separates you from the competition!
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I hear a lot of myths about working for staffing or temp agencies. And it's funny because I used to believe them before I got invited to my first job interview with a temp agency. When I went on the interview, all the myths were busted and I fell in love with it.
The rest is history. Now I'm a fan of working with staffing and temp agencies, and so I want to walk you through those myths and make sure that I can bust them because you're missing out on some key opportunities, my friend.
Myth #1: Staffing Agencies Only Hire For Entry-Level Positions
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The first myth about working for staffing or temp agencies is that they only hire for entry-level positions. That is simply not true. Companies come to staffing agencies and need all types of hires to cover maternity leaves or medical absences. They're starting new projects, so do not assume that only entry-level jobs are available.
Myth #2: Staffing Agencies Only Offer Low-Paying JobsBigstock
The second myth is that staffing agencies only offer low-paying jobs. That is not true either. Staffing agencies want to give you the best rate possible. They want you to stay in the job, so of course they're going to try to get you more money.
Take this story, for example. A young man was working at a company and he asked for a raise. They wouldn't give him one so he left and went to work for a staffing agency. The staffing agency eventually staffed him back at his old employer for double the pay. Double the pay!
So, that's my point. Staffing agencies negotiate higher rates because those employers really need that help. And this is a great opportunity for you to make more money.
Myth #3: You Have To Pay The Staffing Agency To Get A Job
One of the craziest myths I've heard is that you're going to have to pay the staffing agency. That is not true at all. If anybody is trying to make you pay to get a job, please run in the other direction.
The staffing agency gets paid through the employer. Not only do they get paid to cover the cost of hiring you and all the additional expenses, but then they earn a surcharge off that as well. The actual company that you're working for benefits from this too because they don't have to pay all the extra expenses of having you as a full-time employee. It's a total win-win situation, but you're never going to have to pay.
Myth #4: There's No "Career Padding" When You Work With A Staffing Agency
The last myth about working for staffing agencies is this idea that there's no "career padding"—that if you become a temp, it doesn't help your career at all. That's not true.
First of all, a lot of these jobs can go from temp to perm, meaning you start out there, and if they like you and you like them, they'll offer you a full-time job. Working for a staffing agency is a great way to get your foot in the door.
Also, working for a staffing agency can let you go out on various assignments, giving you more diversity of your experience in terms of industry and skill sets, which can make you more marketable and allow you to earn more money.
Ultimately, working for a staffing or temp agency can be a wonderful way to catapult your career.
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