Wednesday, January 25, 2012

[Link] Negotiate the Salary You Want with the Briefcase Technique

New York Times best-selling author Ramit Sethi teaches the Briefcase Technique: a tried and true method for successfully negotiating your salary.

via Lifehacker

Friday, January 13, 2012

[Article] Why I Won't Hire You

Why I Won't Hire You by Charlie Balmer 
"If you've ever hired anyone for a job, you understand a whole new perspective on what makes an applicant stand out—and what makes you toss an application to the bin. Fair or not, blogger, consultant, and hirer Charlie Balmer discusses honestly the mistakes that can ruin your chances with a potential employer."
Excellent article on the Don'ts of interviewing.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Better You

Often, in the daily 9-to-5 it is easy to overlook the importance of what you are actually doing. The bigger picture of your career is your selling point. I often see at the bottom of blog-posts the mini-bio. But the importance of having your bio ready is not for such instances as you'll be ready for an impromptu-blog post. You should have it ready for the vague question: what do you do at [insert company name here]? Here are some tips from Yahoo!: [How to Write a Killer Bio]

My example: "[name redacted] grew up in [You've Never Heard of It], New York, and graduated from [Fancy Private College] in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering and again in 2006 with a Masters in the same field. [name redacted] currently lives in New York City where he work's for the [Random Government Agency] focusing on water quality improvement and climate change adaptation and mitigation."

Friday, August 14, 2009

Worst Canned Phrases

I'm currently in the process of getting my first (fingers crossed) promotion at my current job. Through the process, I've been required to update my resume. I've also helped out a friend with revamping their resume. Though its been a few years since I've really seen a resume, there is always one key thing you look for: does this individual stand apart from the rest of the pile.

So to start, you need to avoid the typical canned phrases that job search websites love. The last thing you want to appear like to your future employer is a drone. At The Savvy Networker blog, they assembled a list of the worst canned phrases in resume building:
  • Results-oriented professional
  • Cross-functional teams
  • More than [x] years of progressively responsible experience
  • Superior (or excellent) communication skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Met or exceeded expectations
  • Proven track record of success
  • Works well with all levels of staff
  • Team player
  • Bottom-line orientation