Posted on March 10, 2019
All companies want to make a profit–unless they’re a nonprofit! It’s a fair business goal. However, when you’re planning a job search, you should avoid companies that value profit over integrity. Why? Partly to protect your job search (and your career) from deception, abuse of trust, and more.
If you engage with employers or job-service promoters that lack integrity, you place your professional well-being at risk.
Some time ago, I mentioned job-service promoters that value money so much they exclude integrity as a consideration. It related to information published in an Ask The Headhunter blog post by Nick Corcodillos. Now he has provided a recent update: FTC Halts Fake Jobs & Resume Repair Operation. Although the FTC case is in progress and things could change, here’s information provided in the post:
FTC Halts Fake Job Opportunity and Resume Repair Operation
Alleges defendants tricked consumers into paying advance fees of up to $2,500 for placement and resume services for jobs that did not exist
February 25, 2019
The Federal Trade Commission charged two companies and their owner with bilking hundreds of thousands dollars annually from consumers for sham job placement and resume repair services. A federal court halted the scheme and froze the defendants’ assets at the FTC’s request.
Sadly, I’ve seen stories indicating that such companies exist. They subject job seekers to rudeness and misinformation. For example, they use a bait-and-switch approach that makes a job opportunity sound much better than it is. In some cases, they withhold background information that might prompt you to reject a job offer. While some actions involve outright dishonesty and deception, others boil down to behavior that’s legal but not ethical.
Posted on February 3, 2019
In my January 2019 ezine, I published an article titled, “What’s Your Value–Do You Know It?” Basically, the article centered on the theme that you need to have a real-world view of your value to employers and present it well. In other words, you need a compelling employer value message to get your candidacy off the ground.
However, the story has more pieces to it than that. You can have all the employer value in the world and still not receive a salary offer that makes good sense. For some time now, employers have bemoaned a talent shortage, but many of them have avoided paying a realistic salary for people to fill the holes.
If your value message incorporates the right elements and still “isn’t working,” it could be missing the mark because:
You can take action to correct problems #1 and #2 above. On the other hand, you might have little luck with #3. As the saying goes, “You can’t fix stupid!”
Posted on January 7, 2019
Job success can sometimes be elusive and uncertain. Ideally, smart bosses should want their employees to succeed–it can make them look like good leaders. However, not all bosses are smart in that regard!
Is your boss putting up barriers that impede your career growth and on-the-job success? On the other hand, does it sometimes just seem that way to you?
I recently read an article in Harvard Business Review titled, “What to Do If You Think Your Boss is Shutting You Out.” The article makes a good point about the importance of verifying whether you’re exaggerating the situation or experiencing something you need to take action to resolve. Furthermore, it recommends four actions you might want to implement. Briefly, these are:
Posted on December 29, 2018
2019 isn’t about making New Year’s resolutions you might not keep for long. No, the coming year represents an opportunity–or many of them. In fact, you can choose to view it as a series of challenges or opportunities. In large part, it’s up to you.
Don’t think about a focus on new opportunities as being overly optimistic. Instead, consider it your chance to identify and overcome challenges . Whatever barriers blocked you from achieving goals this year, look at steps you can take to master them next year.
For example, if you missed out on a promotion or a new job, what factors played a part in that? If there’s something you can control, create a plan to prepare for a better outcome next time.
Furthermore, avoid thinking you have to look for huge opportunities with equally huge payoffs. As the Greek philosopher Demosthenes once said, “Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.” When you view the year as a blank page, seemingly small opportunities might show up that you can turn into something larger.
Posted on December 16, 2018
According to many published reports, we currently have a job seeker’s market. Essentially, that means more available jobs than people looking for one. Does that indicate your next job search will be a slam-dunk? Not inevitably.
Hint: Failure to take other factors into consideration could cost you.
So, are you prepared for what you might encounter when you launch your job search?
The following represent a few of the points you’ll want to keep in mind about a job seeker’s market:
Recently I read an article titled, “In a job seekers market, more candidates are now ‘ghosting’.” Apparently, some of you have started assuming that good job availability means you don’t need to honor interview appointments.
As the article comments, “For some job hunters, the tables have now turned. Instead of employers ghosting candidates — where job seekers fail to get any response from their applications — it’s now the applicants who are failing to show up to meetings, don’t return phone calls, or even quit without giving notice.”
Not cool, folks, even if it might feel exciting to have the upper hand with employers for a change! Remember, the worm can turn.
You want to stick in the employer’s mind for the right reasons, not the wrong ones!
Posted on December 8, 2018
Will you encounter age discrimination in your next job search if you’re over 40 (or some other random number)? Very possibly. Should you let that factor define your odds of job search success? Not if you can do something about it!
Remember the classic year-end/new-year image–a doddering old man followed closely by a crawling baby? Some people might see that as a discouraging job search metaphor, but you don’t need to give in to that daunting outlook.
Age might be a physical fact you can’t get around–if you’re 50+, you just are. Myopic employers who view older employees as undesirable for various reasons pose some undeniable challenges. Unfortunately, this can lead to rejection of your candidacy when you pursue a job opportunity, even though you’re well qualified.
Certainly, how you choose to handle rejection can positively affect your job search and long-term career success. It just might not solve all the problems you’ll encounter that stem from ageism. Sometimes, you might need to “take a deep breath, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again” (from a Frank Sinatra song)!
Realistically, age discrimination could throw a big speed bump in your job search path, and you should take appropriate steps to counteract its impact from the get-go. However, you might need to do more than that.
By the way, do you know about a BIG, age-related factor that could trip you up before, during, and after job interviews?
Posted on December 2, 2018
What does artificial intelligence have to do with your job search? Probably more than you might think. Unless you find creative methods for your job search, you’re likely to encounter artificial intelligence (AI) along the way.
According to Merriam-Webster, the term artificial intelligence includes “the capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behavior.” That only touches on the topic, of course; AI involves a vast amount of information and related fields of study. However, this definition offers a starting-point with regard to job searching .
Increasingly, computers play a role in your job search. And I don’t mean just the fact that you probably use one to conduct many aspects of your search. Employers have greatly expanded their use of “intelligent” systems to streamline their hiring process. For example, think applicant tracking system (ATS) screening and one-way video interviews.
This approach might reduce their workload, but it increases the challenge for you! Doing job search the old way could have meant tedious, time-consuming steps for both of you. On the other hand, the new way demands that you understand and consider AI as a factor.
Unless you have an “in” with the hiring authority, considering AI in your job search is not optional.
Posted on November 20, 2018
If you’ve ever felt diminishing enthusiasm for work you’re facing in your job, you know it doesn’t feel good. However, what you might not have considered is how a drop in motivation can cause a performance drop that hurts your job security and maybe your long-term career success. The decline can happen so gradually, in fact, that you don’t fully realize it’s occurring. You might even miss seeing the problem until it’s too late to save your job.
You could discover that you’re experiencing one or more signs of a performance drop in progress, such as:
It might be time to nurture your enthusiasm by thinking in new ways about what you do and why you do it. There’s no cure-all for lack of motivation. However, you can take a few steps to avoid letting it impact your job performance negatively, including these: