They were an 8000+ person firm in multiple locations, multiple states, who by natural cyclical attrition hired 200+ people a year. Their mechanism was simple – put a print ad (yes print! they hadn’t made a full commitment to the 21st century) and online ads in the right places and wait for the calls, emails and resumes to flow. And flow they did – like a tsunami, washing away even the most seasoned HR people.
There are countless books on the market about managing your career, getting started in the working world or finding a job. Most of them are as dry as burnt toast. However, there is a new book out that I just read on these very topics which I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s “How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying, Lessons from a Life in Comedy” by Carol Leifer.
I must admit I love comedy and wanted to read this memoir to learn more about the author, whom I have always admired. Carol Leifer is a perennial comedy All-Star and a trailblazer for women in comedy. In her 40 years in the business, she has written and/or produced for such hits as Seinfeld, SNL, The Larry Sanders Show, Ellen, and Modern Family in addition to her stellar work as a standup comedian.
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Every time I interview, there’s a question that stumps me. I never know what to say when the interviewer asks, “What are your weaknesses?” How should I respond? — Vladimir, Brooklyn [Read more…]
For 95% of IT candidates, phone screens are the first step in a longer interview process – an important opportunity to make a good first impression and get your foot in the door. The hiring manager already sees something special in your resume, so apply these phone interview tips for planning and professionalism, and you’ll be one step closer to a face-to-face. [Read more…]
As an IT staffing company with over 100 contract and full-time IT opportunities in the Northeast, we receive hundreds of resumes every day. We asked our recruiting team what makes a CV stand out to them, and learned that a little extra writing effort on your part goes a long way in getting noticed. [Read more…]
As soon as a company asks you to interview, you’ve got one foot in the door. With some common sense preparation, you’ll improve your chances of going from an outsider looking in, to the candidate they’ve got to have. Here’s what to do.