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Seven Tips for Writing Recommendation Letters

performance reviewSure, the letter of recommendation isn’t that common but it does come up every now and then. According to career coach and author Ford R. Myers, there are several tips to keep in mind when writing one.

Myers explains in a press release, “You don’t need them, but you should want them. Why? Because when you find yourself in a competitive interviewing situation, letters of recommendation can really give you an edge.”

And if you’re on the receiving end, be sure to keep these pointers readily available as guidelines for the person you’ve reached out to do the task. Read more

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If Management Overlooks Corporate Culture, CEO Says It’ll Cost Them

Pitch-Meetings-Bog-PostCorporate culture got you down?

Sure, you may tolerate your commute, enjoy your challenging job and inspirational colleagues but if the corporate culture isn’t in check, it’s game over.

We checked in with Greg Besner to get the scoop. He’s the founder of CultureIQ, a company measuring employee culture across nine categories. For starters, how do you define corporate culture? He says every company has “its own unique DNA made up of employees’ perception of the company’s vision, values, behaviors, etc.” Read more

Forecast Reveals Strong Hiring Throughout 2014

ImproveJobProspectsGood news for job seekers! If you’re in the market for a new gig, listen up.

Per a forecast published by CareerBuilder, almost three out of 10 employers plan to hire full-time employees prior to December 31.

This number is four percentage higher than last year’s data. Let’s not forget about seasonal opportunities either. One out of four employers anticipate hiring seasonal workers. This includes 43 percent of retailers. Read more

Dropbox’s New Recruiting Video Spoofs Themselves

Here’s the thing. When you’re pounding the pavement looking for a new job and the right fit for your next stellar career move, you’re not always thinking about what the employer is doing to woo you.

But get this — they are doing it! They need you just as much as you need them. And they’re putting marketing teams and time, energy and effort behind this endeavor.

Need proof? Check out this creative video from Dropbox highlighting why their “team” likes working there.

Four Signs to Stay Away From Job Search Scams

Tech Writing FIIf you’ve ever received an email from an anonymous email address telling you big cash awaits for your dream job and to apply now, listen up!

And even if you haven’t, there are still several red flags to look out for when it comes to looking for your new job. Here are a few pointers to avoid job search scams, courtesy of CBS News. Read more

The Scoop Behind Reference Checks & Employee Rights

ImproveJobProspectsIf you’re interviewing and curious about what your current employer can dish to your future employer during a reference check, listen up.

Overall, your only right as an employee is for an employer to not make slanderous statements. If you’re currently negotiating a settlement with your current employer, then by all means the employer must oblige by that agreement. Read more

What’s Your Favorite Interview Question? Contest Highlights Top Five

interviewWhat’s your favorite interview question of all-time? We can tell you one of our least favorites, that’s for sure: “What’s your biggest weakness?” But alas, we digress.

A post on recruiting forum ERE got us thinking. People submitted their favorite interview questions through a contest with straightforward ones and oddball ones like, “What’s your favorite palindrome?” 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

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

Three Things Employers Want to See When They Google You

Google logoHave you Googled yourself lately? Seriously.

Employers are certainly doing it during the recruiting process and while they’re looking for various red flags (keg stands, anyone?), they’re also looking for a few key things to show you’re a stellar candidate.

Here are a few of them, courtesy of a post from The Savvy Intern. Read more

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