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I am a believer that sometimes the name of the person at the top of the resume can lead to a poor hiring decision. One of the scenarios I like to mention is one where two applicants are applying for a job as with a construction company. If you saw the names on the resumes were Frank Smith and Joe Carpenter, wouldn't most people automatically give John Carpenter the edge?
Similarly, underlying gender bias, racial bias and age bias can occur if certain names appear on a resume and people are basing their decisions based on where they perceive the person to be from, what their background is, etc.
If names are removed, all that remains is experience, education, and accomplishments.
Consider running your job search by having people remove their names from the resume. Find a way to contact these candidates back through an anonymous contact service similar to how Craigslist works, and you may end up making better hiring decision.
Billy Joel released Greatest Hits Volume 1+2 in 1985, about 12 years into his career. The album version contained many songs, but with abbreviated versions of a few of them. The CD version, which came out a bit later, had nearly complete versions of those songs as well as a couple additional songs. All of the versions came out with two new songs, You're Only Human and The Night Is Still Young.
When you go through your career, you should keep track of all of your "greatest hits" - stories you can share with others about achievements, milestones, etc. As well, you should also have a couple "new songs" - new adventures you are currently working on that can add flavor to your already successful track record.
Years after its release, Billy Joel's Greatest Hits Volume 1+2 remains one of the top selling compilations of all time. Let it be a lesson to you - your greatest hits may be 20-30 years old, but they still add flavor and character to the brand called you.
One of the projects my virtual interns in human resources are working on is testing out the application websites of a variety of employers for ease of use and ease of application.
Some of the top sites we have discovered allow auto-fill of profiles from LinkedIn or from a PDF or Word resume. Some of the worst sites claim to auto-fill from these profiles, but still require a great deal of manual labor.
Other top sites allow the use of a Taleo profile, or their own internal process that seems to work seamlessly (such as LinkedIn jobs or Bright.com)
What can you do today to make the application process easier for potential applicants?
Often the area in the Capital Region is called SmAlbany because of how everyone know's each other; in some cases, its called SmAlbany because of how some businesses act like it is smaller than it truly is.
When you live in a small community, it is important to get to know as many people as possible in the community and find ways to collaborate. The best way to do this is to "bebig".
bebig - V. to speak highly of your coworkers, competitors and colleagues and share ideas with them
Bebigging is a practice that can also be called practicing "co-opeitition". Even though you may be in the same business as a competitor, sharing best practices with one another leads to more abundance, and there is often plenty to go around for everyone. Very often, even though maybe 80-90 % of what you do is similar, the 10 % that each of you do differently can be combined into a stellar package for potential clients.
In my own business, I collaborate with 50 other independent consultants and several public speakers as part of The Consulting Alliance. As an entrepreneurship professor, I meet with other entrepreneur teachers, trainers and professors through LinkedIn groups, entrepreneur breakfasts at RPI and through face to face coffee chats. With fellow marketers and HR professionals, I invite guest blog entries, talk best practices, and share resources.
When you practice bebigging, you find far greater opportunities than you would on your own. In the world of HR and Careers, bebigging a past employer, colleague or competitor will show the world that you are confident in your own skin and able to recognize talent.
Who will you bebig today?
by Braathe Enterprises Virtual Intern Liska Wilson
According to the Australian Blueprint for Career Development, a career involves managing life, learning, and work. Using that definition as a reference, I broke down managing my career into three different, intertwining plans. It's still a work in progress, but if nothing else, I hope sharing it will give you another perspective on your career.
Here is an overview of each plan:
Career Development Plan (CDP)
My CDP covers the work side of my career; it is a timeline of work roles I want to have. For me this even includes volunteer work and other unpaid work roles.
Professional Development Plan (PDP)
My PDP covers the learning side of my career. Workshops, classes, etc. are some things that go into my PDP. The goal of my PDP is to help me develop my resume and grow as a professional. In turn, my resume and personal growth will help me move forward in my CDP. My PDP is my favorite plan to execute and also the most important. For more on professional development planning, read my 3-part series in the Golden Briefcase Blog.
Budget Plan (BP)
My BP covers the life side of my career, but also trickles over into the professional side and both help me make decisions about the work side of my career. My budget includes my income, expenses, and how I'll achieve various monetary goals.
Overall, the most important part of how I manage my career, especially with all these plans, is that I write them down.
Do you have a written plan for your career development? If no, why not?
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Hire hire hire so you don't have to fire fire fire! When you have excess help, you can train, retrain, and retain others by avoiding burnout, poor customer service and improper planning.
The time is now to find people for the holiday season and to backfill talent. If you are unsure how to approach recruiting in a proactive way, its time to hunker down and call in an expert or just make the effort yourself to do some hiring BEFORE you need to do hiring!
Get into the hiring frenzy! Don't lose talented people to your competitors here in the Capital Region by waiting too long to find talent!
Come by the Times Union Job Fair today from 10-4. I will be there 10-1 doing free resume critiques.
If you can't make it today, Braathe Enterprises will be offering free resume critiques through October 17. Send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will give it a review!
Since January 2011, Braathe Enterprises has mentored over 80 students through the Braathe Enterprises Virtual Internship Program. Working remotely with students for 5-7 hours per week, we have managed to produce some great improvements to resumes, engaged in incredible skills building and personality building activities, and helped students to gain experience with companies while they are still in college.
This fall, we are going on tour with our Virtual Internship concept. Tuesday October 2nd, we will be speaking at the University of Southern California to my current interns and future candidates. Sunday October 7th, we will be doing a free webinar covering how the program works as well for prospective interns and prospective for-profit and not-for-profit companies.
For more information, visit http://saratogacollege.eventbrite.com
Sometimes the most difficult decision in the job search is where to look for work. From job fairs to job portals like indeed.com, there often is a sea of information out there on where to find a job and how to find a job.
The best way I have found to find work is via developing relationships. Today, I encourage you to reach out to someone today who has nothing to do with your current job search (whether it be me, a career counselor like Dr. Tom Denham, or other trusted advisor) and find new ways to develop your search into one that is productive and more focused.
While online searches and job fairs can be helpful, sometimes well-timed and well-placed efforts in networking and meeting up with others can be extremely valuable.
We have been delighted to see other companies embrace the concept of virtual internships since we started ours in January of 2011. Here is an excerpt from a recent article called 10 Virtual Fall Internships You Can Apply for Right Now
"A virtual internship is a seriously awesome way to gain professional experience while saving hours in commute time and tons of money in gas or train fares. They're also fantastic if you live in a smaller city with fewer opportunities in your field. So what are you waiting for? Remote internships can be found on almost any internship search website, but here at Her Campus we did the hard part for you." Darci Miller