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  • by John West Hadley - March 31, 2008
    The August 20, 2007 issue of Time magazine reported that: • 12% of employers consulted social networking sites such as Facebook.com for help with their hiring process. • 63% of those who did, declined to hire an applicant because of what they found! Why do social sites generate such a high hit rate of unfavorable decisions? One reason is that we are very conscious of our professional image when we are in professional...
  • by John West Hadley - February 29, 2008
    Frankly, no! I’ll concede that an Objective at the top of a résumé can be helpful to recruiters, making it easier for them to slot your résumé to the right pile. But that doesn't make it helpful or even meaningful to your true 'target', the hiring manager! I was a hiring manager for many years, and found that most Objectives are simply wasted space. If you are applying for a specific opening, I already know that, so how...
  • by John West Hadley - November 19, 2007
    Do you have a compelling "2 Minute Pitch" to describe the package you bring to the table? Your marketing pitch is critical to your career search, or for that matter any campaign to increase your visibility and influence. One variation vital to any interview is your "2 Minute Pitch." This isn't called "2 minute" because it has to be that long, but rather because it should never be any longer than two minutes. No matter h...
  • by John West Hadley - May 25, 2007
    A client called me about a great interview he had earlier in the week. When he told me that they wouldn't pay him enough to make it worthwhile, I asked how he knew. His answer: "Because I asked them what the range was." I asked why he did that. The question surprised him. "Because I wanted to know ... but don't worry, I first told them that money wasn't the most important thing to me, that I was most interested in the chal...