Tuesday, March 31, 2009

How To Keep Your Job in the Midst of Layoffs

Are you worried about receiving the next pink slip that your job has been handing out lately? Whenever your boss calls you to his/her office, do you get butterflies? Check out this link on how to make yourself indispensable: http://tinyurl.com/dg8y4w.

I can not emphasize the importance of tips #2 & 3. Always seek to gain new knowledge...learn other people's jobs. The "that's not in my job description" spiel will ensure that you are on the chopping block first.

Tip #3 will typically make anyone indispensable whether in a recession or not. What are your thoughts? Have you put any of these tips into practice? Did it work for you, or did it backfire?

Let me know your thoughts.

Tammy L. Turner
Kapstone Recruiting & Training Services

Monday, March 30, 2009

Interviewing Mistakes to Avoid

I found a great list that you may enjoy "25 Interviewing Mistakes to Avoid." Check it out at: http://tinyurl.com/ddhy3f

As a recruiter having been in the industry well over 10 years on the corporate and staffing side, I have seen MANY of these mistakes time and time again. My philosophy is: people will repeat the same mistakes over and over again unless someone tells them that they are doing something wrong. Some recruiters think that these mistakes should be avoided just using "common sense," but what I've come to realize is that common sense isn't the same to everyone. We all need some coaching.

The Mistakes that I've seen most often are:

2. Arriving Early - Yes, I said "arriving early." It's okay to be 10 to 15 minutes early for an interview, in fact I recommend it. However, when you arrive 30-40 minutes early, you put pressure on the interviewer and throw off their schedule.

3. Dressing Wrong - Some of the things that I have seen as people arrive for an interview would shock and amaze you! Please sign-up for my Business Etiquette training if you have any doubts about what to wear or what NOT to wear.

8. Bringing a Friend - DON'T DO IT! Leave them in the car.

9. Not doing your Homework - I can tell immediately if you are unprepared and you have sealed your fate.

14. Not Asking Any Questions - A HUGE mistake. It lends to "lack of preparation."

18. Bad Mouthing Your Boss - You've just excluded yourself from further consideration. Interview over!

Are you guilty of any of these violations? I'd love to hear from you. What are your favorites and why?

Business Etiquette seminar coming up in May, 2009. More details to follow soon.

Tammy L. Turner
Kapstone Recruiting & Training Services

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Tips on How To Stand Out In This Job Market

Do you want to make yourself stand out in today's job market? Are you looking to narrow or annihilate the competition? Check out this video from the Wall Street Journal: http://tinyurl.com/ctz8ov

One of the key components discussed in this video is NETWORKING. Yes folks...you've heard it before. You've got to sharpen your networking skills. It is critical to your career development. You have an opportunity to learn from the networking guru on:

Saturday, April 25, 2009
Northwest Activity Center
18100 Meyers (at Curtis)
Detroit, MI
4 - 6p
Admission - $10

For those individuals that would like to participate via the web, please email me at tturner@kapstonejobs.com and I will send you an invitation and a link to pay on-line.

If you are ready to jump start your career, I can show you how!

Tammy Turner
Kapstone Recruiting & Training Services