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Survey Shows Most Americans Don’t Want the Corner Office

suitAccording to a new CareerBuilder survey, most Americans are not into vying for the corner office.

Only one-third of employees aspire to leadership roles. Per the survey, more men than women make up that statistic.

In addition, African Americans and the LGBT population of employees are more likely to aspire to a leadership role than the national average. Plus, 32 percent of disabled workers aspire to leadership positions.

What does this say in terms of leadership itself? How can management motivate a population whose majority doesn’t aspire to become leaders? Read more

Three Resume Tips for ‘International Update Your Resume Month’

resume mistakesWhen we think of September we think of back to school, getting back into routines and beautiful cool temperatures.

We don’t think of resumes but maybe we should. After all, apparently September is “International Update Your Resume Month!” This makes sense when you stop to think about how many job searches were likely halted in order to make room for beaches and personal time instead. Now it’s time to pound the pavement again!

With that spirit, here are three resume reminders from Ford R. Myers, president of Career Potential, a career consulting firm and Get the Job you Want, Even When No One’s Hiring.

1. Be brief. For starters, he says less is always more! Per the press release, he says a career summary section is where brevity counts the most. He points out, “Five or six targeted lines oriented toward the benefits you offer as a professional are all you’ll need to grab the reader’s attention.”

2. Be specific. If you’ve ever been very general about your job search as well as expertise, we wonder how that’s working out. We’re assuming not to good since specifics always whine and get noticed. Be specific with your experience and quantify past jobs in terms of budgets managed and money saved as well as how many clients you juggled.

He mentions, “It’s also where most employers and recruiters focus 90% of their attention. The information you present here, and how you present it, can decide the fate of your candidacy within about 10 seconds of scanning time.”

3. Be active. Use action words instead of passive words. “Words such as ‘develop,’ ‘launch,’ ‘initiate,’ ‘lead’ and ‘build’ have a lot more meaning than a vague term like ‘was responsible for.’”

Nixing ‘Running This Up the Flagpole’ — How to Avoid Overusing Business Jargon

listeningWant to hit the ball out of the park after you run a big idea up the food chain? Or how about the flagpole?

According to a new Accountemps survey, managers were asked about the most annoying or overused phrase or buzzwords in the office.

Here are their top responses… Read more

Remembering Joan Rivers & What She Told Us Last Year About Staying Relevant

This morning we’re remembering the incredible life and work of Joan Rivers. As media folks and celebrities recall their interactions with the 81-year-old comedian, we’re joining the pack.

Last year she emceed New York Women in Communications’ annual Matrix Awards along with daughter Melissa. She was certainly in major demand on the red carpet prior to the luncheon.

Thankfully we snagged a quick interview with the star and learned a lot from this woman who has reinvented herself to stay relevant in the public eye for decades.

May she rest in peace.

Buckingham Palace Guard Deviates From Job Description

There are certain times you really should go above and beyond in your job. Think outside the box. Go for the gold!

This is not one of them. Check out this Buckingham Palace guard who goes a bit rogue. If there’s any lesson we can learn from his comical strut is that we should stick to the core of our job especially when we’re in extremely visible roles. Enjoy!

Three Ways to Motivate Underperforming Employees

TeamworkIf you’re a boss or on the rise to become one soon, listen up. There are a few ways to motivate underperforming employees who have the goods but they’re just not applying themselves fully. Here are a few pointers courtesy of a post on Inc.

1. Discover the root cause. Dig deep and you’ll figure out the solution to your problem. If the employee just isn’t a fit for the role, that’s reflective of a poor hiring decision but if the worker lacks skills, then it’s up to you to point him or her to proper resources to get trained.

Per the piece, you may need to alter your expectations, too. Look at the situation from a new perspective — how are you and the employee both responsible for his or her success? Read more

Four Myth Busters About Temporary Work

ImproveJobProspectsIf you think a temp job looks shady on your resume, listen up. Opportunities are thriving in this area and hiring managers aren’t really thinking your resume is tarnished if temporary assignments are part of your portfolio. If you focus on the job itself and not the duration, you should be good to go.

Plus, the numbers tell all: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, temporary services have added more than 100,000 jobs from January 1 until now and has added more than 200,000 jobs over the course of an entire year.

Companies are looking to staffing firms for temporary needs and they’re seeing the value of temporary workers. And as a temporary worker if you’re currently on the bench for full-time work, at least your skills are remaining sharp and you’re making new connections. Read more

Under Armour Inspiration: Defy the Odds & Overcome Rejection

Need a little inspiration on this fabulous Friday of Labor Day weekend? Maybe you studied biology in college, graduated in May and now you’re pursuing a job in advertising? Maybe you work in accounting and have your eye on moving internally into a fantastic PR role? Or maybe you’re a freelance blogger and looking to start vlogging?

Whatever the case, others may think and consequently say you’re not good enough. If this video is proof, you may be familiar with rejection letters (aren’t we all at some point?): “Dear candidate…”

Defy the odds. Prove them wrong. Celebrate your inner strength. Read more

Four Ways to Stand Out From Other Job Seekers

handshake2This just in…according to data from The Creative Group, advertising and marketing executives receive an average of 23 resumes for every position they need to fill. As for interviewing itself, they meet six job seekers before extending an offer.

We’re actually surprised the number of resumes isn’t a lot higher! Whether it’s 223 or 23, there are several ways to stand out from the pack during your job search. Read more

Reader Mailbag: How to Deal With Shady Recruiters

interviewWe’ve seen this all too often — the ol’ bait and switch routine. A recruiter seems legitimate, tells you about a fantastic new opportunity and when you start pursuing it, poof! Just like that it’s no longer available but let me tell you about another one that is just as wonderful…

All recruiters are not the same and as per an email we received from one of our readers, she dealt with a shady recruiter and took matters into her own hands. Read more

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