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Tis’ the Season To Be Fired / Hired

– 6 Ways the Job Market Really Works – 50 words / 20 seconds – 4 hours x 5 days x 4 weeks = job offer It’s only Wednesday and I’ve already had 5 strangers call me for career advice because they were fired, retrenched, downsized, let go or made redundant.  Unemployed, by any word. … Continue reading

Touch That Snake! –for a better career, life, whatever!

How Mastering Fear Advances Your Career Why Grabbing Snakes Does You Good All Hail Fear! Fear is the underlying drive to everything that you do in life. It’s your emotional brake and accelerator. It stops you (mostly) from doing stupid, dangerous things and it’s why you’re on top of the food chain.  Fear keeps you … Continue reading

What Your Shoes Say About You

“ Ain’t you glad shoes can’t talk,” sang blues guitarist Ry Cooder, because they might tell where you’ve been.   Ahhh, but shoes do talk. Your feet lie outside your perceptual field and therefore get less conscious attention.  Result:  they subtly reveal your inner attributes and attitudes.  These self-disclosures are received and interpreted—rightly or wrongly—by … Continue reading

5 Fictions About Recruiters

   1. Recruiters are always looking for candidates.  False.  Recruiters are always looking for clients not candidates.  You’re more likely to get hit by a piece of Halley’s Comet than to get a job by sending your unsolicited résumé to a recruiter.  Avoid cosmic long shots, take earthly action.   2. “Head hunters” will help.  A recruiter’s … Continue reading

The Facts of Employing People

Your chief task when recruiting a person is to predict accurately whether s/he will fit the role, not whether they can do the job (that’s easy). Interviews alone are unreliable in predicting a person’s performance in a job.  Research reveals that psychometric assessments are 4 times more accurate than interviewing when predicting a person’s performance. Mis-hires are costly. A … Continue reading

Is Unemployment Voluntary?

Some say all unemployment is voluntary. I know better. And this is why I love economist Paul Krugman (excerpt below is from his new book) and classic movies (they convey truth): …Now, there have always been people claiming that there’s no such thing as involuntary unemployment, that anyone can find a job if he or … Continue reading

Where is Your Next Job? – The Top 6 Industries

In planning your career you might be influenced by the most recent report printed by ExecuNet as follows: Top 6 Industries Predicted to Generate the Most Executive Jobs in 2012 Source: ExecuNet

7 Habits of Highly Unsuccessful People

Are you a sucker for reverse psychology?  Good! Here’s how to be spectacularly unsuccessful in business. The 7 qualities of leaders who preside over business failures are: 1.  They see themselves as dominating the environment. Smart leaders know that in business, circumstances always change and success is fleeting. 2.  They confuse their personal interests with the … Continue reading

What’s Your Dress IQ?

Got style?  Know everything about good business dress?   Answer these 7 questions and find out. True or False A charcoal grey or navy suit with a plain white shirt and small pattern tie is appropriate for a man attending a job interview. Standard shirt collars are dressier than button down. Accountants who dress down are … Continue reading

“Follow your bliss”… it pays off

“Follow your bliss” was Joseph Campbell’s general formula to students.  “Find where it is, and don’t be afraid to follow it. If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the … Continue reading

How To Recruit An Astronaut

Can you recruit astronauts if you’ve never left the planet? My colleagues in Montreal did; they recruited Canada’s first astronauts. They did it by selecting mature, well-rounded, compatible individuals, i.e., they used the same requirements as for most terrestrial jobs. How do you tell if a potential candidate is mature, well-rounded or compatible? First, define … Continue reading

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