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Four Ways to Avoid Referring a Lackluster Friend for a Job

job searchWe know this situation all too well.

You have a friend or former colleague who’s — how shall we put this? — not exactly the cream of the crop. They ask you to help them get a foot in the door at your current company and you’re not exactly sure how to handle it.

After all, your gut is saying to stay away because your name will be associated with the candidate. Then again, you don’t want to be rude to your friend. This piece on AOL Jobs should help steer you in the right direction.

1. Agree to help your friend but don’t go all out. That is, make a lukewarm referral. As suggested in the piece, “Even just passing along the resume puts you in the position of helping a non-qualified person access your employer, and you could look bad if it does not work out. Choose this option at your own risk and keep in mind: a lukewarm referral may do more harm than good.” Read more

Got ‘Skelz?’ New Survey Reveals Top 10 Resume Mistakes

Need a good chuckle to kick off your weekend?

CareerBuilder’s recent study asked hiring managers, human resources professionals and workers for some of the most unusual and memorable resumes they’ve seen.

Ready for this? Here we go… Read more

CEO of TheLadders Talks About Its Top Ranked Job Search App

Last month, TheLadders released its native iOS app, “Job Search by TheLadders.”

In merely one week it rose to the top spot in the free and business categories in the App Store. We knew they had to be onto something so we sat down with the CEO to get the scoop.

Alex Douzet, CEO and co-founder explains the significance of job searching via a mobile app: “What’s the last thing you do at night before you go to bed? You turn off the light and intend to look at your phone.” Read more

New Study Indicates Employers Exclude Viable Candidates by Scanning Facebook Profiles

This just in…if employers think scanning Facebook profiles to screen job applicants is a good idea, they may want to reconsider.

According to a new study from North Carolina State University, companies may have a misunderstanding of online behavior and may be eliminating viable job seekers.

Researchers tested 175 participants to examine personality traits employers seek such as conscientiousness, agreeableness and extraversion. Essentially researchers looked at subjects’ Facebook behavior to see which actions were associated with certain personality traits.  Read more

Google Executive Reveals Interview Brain Teasers are ‘Complete Waste of Time’

You know the drill. Typically when you prepare for an interview you rehearse skill-based, experience-based and even behavioral-based questions. But how do you prep for brain teasers? It’s not like you can prepare for them when the employer is more keen on figuring out your thought process over the answer itself anyway. Google’s been known for asking a variety of mind bending questions and as per a big reveal in a recent interview, this approach hasn’t been beneficial to determine future behavior.

Laszlo Block, senior vice president of people operations at Google, revealed to The New York Times that brainteasers are “a complete waste of time.” Read more

New Survey Reveals Human Resources’ Viewpoint on Millennial Job Seekers

According to a new survey published by Beyond.com, The Career Network, there’s a significant disconnect between Millennial job seekers and how veteran human resources professionals view them.

The good news? Over 84 percent of job seekers in this generation (ages 19 to 26) are optimistic about landing employment. The not-so-good news?  There are significant discrepancies in points of view with loyalty, leadership, tech-savviness and more.

In particular, when it comes to loyalty, 82 percent of Millennials identified themselves as loyal. Guess what percentage reflected how HR felt about this generation’s loyalty? Give up? One percent felt Millennials would become faithful to their employer on a long-term basis. Read more

eHarmony Moves Into Recruiting Business

Yes, you read that right.

eHarmony, the online dating website, announced that it will expand into the recruiting space before the end of the calendar year. Huh?

Apparently, the company will pair people to people just as it does in dating. Read more

Score That Job: Rubenstein Public Relations. Watch The New Show From MediabistroTV!

Looking for a new job in PR? Are you feeling bruised and battered from pounding the pavement without results?

“Score That Job” is a new show from mediabistroTV that will guide you through the never ending maze of online resumes, emails to nowhere and phone calls that go unanswered. Join career expert, author and mediabistro editor Vicki Salemi as she gives you the inside scoop on how to “Score That Job.”

In this episode, Vicki finds out what it takes to get hired at New York’s Rubenstein Public Relations.

You can view our other MediabistroTV productions on our YouTube Channel.

NPR Calls Social Media a ‘Great Equalizer’ Regarding Recruiting

If you ever wondered if some companies use Twitter to recruit, if this post is any indication, National Public Radio has found tremendous success with social media.

According to a piece published by The Washington Post, NPR decided to mention a new job posting on Twitter and Twitter alone.  Although the deadline to receive applications was merely one week away, the tweet resulted in 132 re-tweets and 140 applications. As a result, NPR hired 15 interns.

In fact, Lars Schmidt, the senior director of talent acquisition and innovation indicated social media is “a great equalizer” when companies compete for talent. Read more

8 Warning Signs of a Bad Job Candidate

Prospective hires can be really savvy at hiding their weaknesses. But just because someone is good at getting a job, doesn’t mean he’ll be good at doing the job. Being able to weed out the weak applicants sooner can help save time, energy and resources down the line. In the latest Mediabistro feature, workplace experts give tips on how you can spot red flags quickly. Here’s one warning sign:

No. 3: Being Short on Details

Jon Tucker, senior strategist at Compete Marketing Group, an online marketing agency, cautions managers not to treat resumes as gospel. “Just because someone says they’re good at something on their resume doesn’t mean it’s true,” he said. “By conducting action-based interviews — where you have candidates go through real-life scenarios regarding tasks they performed — you can quickly weed out the best from the rest.”

“Hiring managers need to focus on the actual results someone achieved in a role and drill down on how they achieved them,” said Duffy. “If the person can’t answer with specifics, that’s a huge red flag.”

For more, read 8 Warning Signs of a Bad Job Candidate. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

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