The Compensation Conversation

Let's revisit how to approach the "compensation conversation" for today's #takemebacktuesday. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that compensation is a major factor in most job searches. In a LinkedIn survey of over 7500 people who’ve recently changed jobs, better compensation was the third top reason people were compelled to change employers, and the number one reason that convinced people to change. And yet, talking about salary expectations often becomes one of the stickiest parts of the … [Read more...]

Holiday Networking

It’s that time of year again. For today's #takemebacktuesday, let's revisit tips on holiday networking. As your calendar fills up (and your shopping list, too), it is tempting to put the pause button on your networking efforts until the new year. You’ll get back out there when you’ve got that 2015 fire in your belly. Besides, isn’t everyone busy around the holidays? You’re wise to recognize that you may need to adjust your networking strategies in December, but you certainly … [Read more...]

The Counteroffer Catch

The counteroffer and its impact on your career is the subject of today's #takemebacktuesday. When you are presented with a counteroffer, how do you weigh the options at hand? What else is at stake beyond the dollar comparison? Here are some questions to ask yourself before running right back to the same desk you were sitting in when you first thought about making a change. What are the circumstances in which this offer is being made? Recognize that a counteroffer is typically a product … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Make the Most of a Phone Interview

Let's revisit a few tips on phone interviewing for this week's #takemebacktuesday. Phone screens save companies time and money as they seek to narrow down their candidate pool to the top few who will merit an in-person interview. The medium presents some limitations but understanding them ahead of time will help you to communicate effectively and garner a second interview. 1. Have materials at hand As you would before an in-person meeting, gather your resume, work examples, the job … [Read more...]

What I Look For

For today's #takemebacktuesday, we discuss areas of expertise that hiring managers look for. Sometimes our clients will provide us with about five non-negotiable criteria for candidates to meet; skills they must possess or experience they have to have to be considered for a specific role. Of course this varies across positions and companies, but there are several items we see cropping up again and again. I compared notes with the other recruiters in our office to come up with those criteria … [Read more...]

The Case Study Question

Let's revisit a few important questions to prepare for during your next interview for today's #takemebacktuesday. Many of the hiring managers we work with find situational questions so informative. If you are assessing talent and not asking these questions, you may want to consider introducing some into your interview line-up. Asking a candidate to respond to a hypothetical business scenario can reveal how well he/she listens, thinks strategically and reacts to new situations. Mike Volpe, … [Read more...]

The Qualities of a Leader

Let's revisit a post featuring leadership qualities during Women's History Month. #takemebacktuesday Here we are at the end of Women’s History Month and it’s fitting that March featured many well-run, well-attended events at women’s organizations across the country. I had the pleasure of attending the Young Women in Digital event in Boston and most recently a Step Up Women’s Panel on Women of Character, Courage and Conviction.  The panel featured Kathy Callahan, VP & CIO at … [Read more...]

Be a Candidate for Culture

For today's #takemebacktuesday, we revisit the importance of company culture. It’s no secret that company culture influences hiring decisions, but at some organizations, (like Zappos) it plays a role in firing decisions as well. Failing to contribute to company culture is a legitimate reason for dismissal according to CEO Tony Hseih. He says, “Our whole belief is if you get the culture right, then most of the other stuff, like delivering great customer service or building a long-term … [Read more...]

Gaining Perspective

For today's #takemebacktuesday, let's reexamine the value of stepping back from a hobby or process to get a different view. The most common complaint we hear from candidates is frustration with the job search, and the most common feedback we hear from hiring managers is frustration with the candidate search. This week I'll offer three common trouble areas in the search, and ways to change your perspective. Ask yourself, What is the biggest roadblock? When the process is overwhelming, … [Read more...]

You’ve Got to Toss the Hat

For today's #takemebacktuesday, let's reflect on how to get your hat in the ring. Jobseekers will often ask me how to get their hat in the ring for certain positions. Maybe you’ve just learned of a role that was filled that you didn’t even know was open. It’s the kind of company you’d love to work for, a position you’re qualified to fill, and you’re confident that had you been given the chance, you would have been a serious contender. It is a frustrating feeling, especially in a … [Read more...]