tons of media coming soon from career management alliance conference

We’re just flying home from San Antonio Texas where we just attended the Career Management Allianceconference. Its a large gathering of career coaches/resume writers that happens every year.’s own Chris Russell was there and got tons of interviews, news, pics and even video. Over the next 2 weeks we’ll be releasing these spots in the stream. So stay tuned for some great stuff, all geared towards job hunting advice!

Talent, fearing your boss and your wow factor

This week we have 6 new shows in the stream. The Working Podcast and Job Search Guy are back while the Savvy Roxanne takes a break. View full playlist.

1. JOB SEARCH GUY: 20 Facebook Apps for Your Job Search

Joe hosts an exclusive interview with Tawny Labrum of BINC, a professional headhunting organization, as she shares some of her favorite 20 Facebook Applications that can help your job search. Find out how a “Lunch List”, courtesy of Coach’m Up Boni, can help your networking approach and finally, discover how Twitter’s new application called TweetMyJobs can help you locate better jobs faster and why it just might be the way in which all jobs will be posted in the future. (download mp3)

2. TOTAL PICTURE RADIO: Talent at Intuit

Welcome to an Inside Recruiting channel podcast on Total Picture Radio with Peter Clayton reporting from ERE Expo in San Diego, California. Joining us is Michael McNeal, the Vice President of Right Talent for Intuit, Inc., the maker of industry-leading business and financial management products which include TurboTax, Quicken, and QuickBooks. (download mp3)

3. TOTAL PICTURE RADIO: Are you too nice for your job?

Joining us today from St Petersburg, FL, is Mark Vickers, vice-president of research at i4cp. Today’s podcast is titled Are You Too Nice for Your Job?– covering the debate concerning employee engagement.(download mp3)

4. SECRETS OF THE JOB HUNT: Advice for Older Workers

The compilation of last weeks career breaks all in one file!

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5. JOBACLE: The Working Podcast #88

Why fearing your boss is a recipe for career disaster. Learn how to fight the fear! Using Twitter to find a job. The perils of public transportation cuts.(download mp3)

6. CAREER COMMUNIQUE: Whats Your Wow Factor?

Join Annemarie Cross and Keith Keller as they interview Colette D. Ellis from InStep Consulting LLC. Colette will show you how to leverage your strengths and “create a buzz” about your accomplishments, and how you can position yourself for new opportunities to achieve your career goals. (listen via BTR)

How to handle the job offer

This post is courtesy of Pat Meehan.

“There is no part of your life that should be missing the aspects of accountability, self-awareness, and self-improvement, including your response to a job offer.”

You have come such a long way in the process of building your “Career of a Lifetime.”

1. You have chosen accountability for your career and as a way of life in general.
2. You have identified your basic skills and specific skills that you have developed in your career history.
3. You have put together a skill-based, accomplishment-based resume.
4. You have worked hard on becoming self-aware, and have identified areas where you have opportunities improve yourself, and you have put into action some very specific self-improvement activities.
5. You have realized where you are in your career, you know where you want to go from here, and you have marketed yourself towards that goal.
6. You have gone through the job interviewing process, followed-up with the appropriate people with whom you interviewed, decided that some of the job’s were not to your betterment, and discovered great opportunity in a select few.

Now, your time has come. You are getting a formal invitation to join a company as a long term, or even lifetime member of that company’s team. Through the process of going through the six steps above, and becoming a creature of accountability, self-awareness, and self-improvement, a company to which you considered as an employer of choice, has considered you as the employee of choice. You now receive a phone call from the hiring manager, and you are told that they have decided they want you on board, and they are ready to make you a job offer. This can be one of the scariest calls of all. The reason it may be scary is because you haven’t taken your new way of life of accountability and self-awareness, and prepared yourself to handle this call. That is why you are reading this chapter.

Like everything else you have done so far, the process of listening to a job offer and responding to it is another step in relationship building just as much as it is a self-improvement step. More good deals have been totally blown because the candidate became paralyzed with tension and fear when the good news of a job offer came. Being prepared for this call is just as vitally important as being prepared for the interviewing questions that you handled so well. There is no part of your life that should be missing the aspects of accountability, self-awareness, and self-improvement, including your response to a job offer.

Receiving and Analyzing the Offer

Now that you have gone through a life changing commitment of being accountable to yourself, it’s time to take that accountability into the job offer stage of your career. It is time to become self-aware as to how to address the job offer when it finally presents itself. This offer comes to you as a result of the relationship building you developed in the interviewing process. You showed enthusiasm, and you discussed your skills and abilities in a self-assured way. You complimented the company and the interviewer by communicating your true feelings about the qualities that made that company your employer of choice. You asked for the next step, and now you’ve got your answer in the form of a job offer. How are you going to respond to this person who is enthusiastically extending you a job offer? Let’s go through it step by step.

Step One – Be excited and very friendly: Every time your phone rings during this part of your life it could be your prospective new boss calling to offer you the job as a result of your excellent interview. When you answer the phone, greet this person with extreme friendliness. Prepare yourself to be immediately friendly in answering this phone call. For example, “Well hello Tom, it’s great to hear from you!”

Step Two – Be thankful and excited about the offer: You are told that good news has arrived and the company wants to present an offer to you. You could say, “That is great news to hear.” The person will make a verbal offer, telling you the starting salary and a few other details, and may say, “How does that sound to you?” You want time to evaluate this offer. By being proactive, you are have already prepared yourself to know what to say next. You might say something like, “Tom, I am very happy that you have called me to make this offer. Working with you and your company is really a great opportunity, and I am very excited about it. I know there are a lot of details in the entire offer. Would you mind mailing, or emailing the offer to me? I will read the details and discuss them with my wife to see if we have any questions. I will reply back to you by Wednesday morning.” Your promise to reply back to Tom shouldn’t be more than one business day after receiving the written offer. Pause, and wait for Tom.

Tom replies, “Absolutely, we always send out the written offer for your total understanding of it, and there is a place for you to sign to accept the offer and to give us a start date. I will email the offer to you this morning, and why don’t you come by tomorrow afternoon at 4:15, after you get off work. We’ll address any questions you have then, and identify a start date.” Tom is doing a good job of closing the deal in a timely manner. You respond, “Thanks Tom. That works fine for me. I will check my emails for the offer, and I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.”

Step Three – Analyzing the offer: You have done very well so far. You greeted Tom with a friendly and enthusiastic sound in your voice. Secondly, you stated you were excited about getting the offer, as well as, the opportunity to work with Tom and his company. Now it’s time to review the offer and break it down into pieces.

The first thing to be totally aware of is that Tom wants you to accept the offer. At this stage, there are no doubts in his mind that you are best the candidate for the job. Your value to Tom is now at its highest level. A rejection on your part would be very disappointing for Tom.

The next step is to analyze the offer itself. A written job offer is broken down into a number of elements that are part of the total package. The written offer should include the following elements:

* The job title, “Production Group Manager.”

* The base salary for the job and how the salary is paid, (e.g., weekly, bi-weekly, bi-monthly or monthly). It will usually state the amount you will be paid per pay period, and the total sum annually.

* Incentive Bonus: If there is a bonus plan, separate from the base salary, your offer may state, “The employee is eligible for the company’s incentive bonus plan, which is based on the company’s achievement of its budgeted profit goals. For the pay grade of this position, the employee’s maximum bonus potential would be 10% of the base salary. The bonus is paid in March, following the previous calendar year. If the employee works only a portion of the calendar year, the bonus will be pro-rated accordingly.”

* The benefits will be stated (e.g., group medical, dental, group life, disability, flexible spending, 401K, pension, profit sharing, etc.).

* Paid Holidays will normally be stated (e.g., New Years Day, President’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Day). Different companies may vary on holidays however, this example is very typical.

* Vacation Days: (e.g., Two weeks after the completion of a full or partial calendar year, three weeks after five years, four weeks after 10 years, and five weeks after 15 years).

* Relocation Package: If relocation is an element in this career move, the relocation package will include specific items, (e.g., a three day house hunting trip for the employee and spouse including transportation, lodging, and meals. Temporary living expense for the employee for two months including a company furnished apartment, meals, three paid trips home on weekends, costs of moving contents from original location to the new location, and one month salary for other general incidentals, etc.).

Now, you have received and thoroughly reviewed the offer. You have formulated your thoughts in relation to the offer and what you learned about the company during your interview. You are now ready to make an informed decision because you are totally self-aware.

For more career search self-help information take a look at Pat’s book, “Career of a Lifetime.”

Job security, advice for older workers and the future of recruiting

Here’s whats new this week on

1. 9 new Career Breaks with Advice for older workers. Each break is 1 minute long and sandwiched in between shows toward the back end of our stream.

2. THE SAVVY JOBSEEKER: Three Keys to Discovering Work You’ll Love

Tired of ending up in jobs that make you dread going to work each day? Discover three keys to finding work you’ll love in a company that’s a good fit for you. Guest expert: Liz Pellet, CEO of Emerge International. [listen via BTR]

3. SECRETS OF THE JOB HUNT: Ensuring Job Security

National HR expert Cy Wakeman joins us to talk about how job seekers can protect their job in dangerous times. [download mp3]

4. TOTAL PICTURE RADIO: John Sumser on the Future of Recruiting

John Sumser is one of the veterans of the recruiting industry. In this candid interview with Peter Clayton he’ll tell you what the state of recruiting is and where its going. Its a fascinating look at the world we recruit in.[download mp3]

mistakes college graduates make during the interview process

This is from a new CareerBuilder survey.

When asked to identify the biggest mistakes recent college graduates make during the application and interview process, employers reported the following:

  • Acting bored or cocky – 63 percent
  • Not dressing appropriately – 61 percent
  • Coming to the interview with no knowledge of the company – 58 percent
  • Not turning off cell phones or electronic devices – 50 percent
  • Not asking good questions during the interview – 49 percent
  • Asking what the pay is before the company considered them for the job – 38 percent
  • Spamming employers with the same resume and/or cover letter – 21 percent
  • Failure to remove unprofessional photos/content on social networking pages, blogs, etc. – 19 percent
  • Not sending a thank you note after the interview – 12 percent

Another ‘why should i hire you’ caller

Eduardo Ramirez, a project manager answers the call for ‘Why Should I hire You?’

Do you want to tell us your pitch? Call our comment line at 206-888-9910 and tell us in 60 seconds or less why a company should hire you. Lead with your name and desired position. And remember make it short and memorable!

Hear more of these job seekers.

Twitter job hunt tip (audio)

A caller, “Mike” sends us this tip for twitter job hunting.(1 min)

Do you have a good twitter job hunt tip? Call it into our comment line at 206-888-9910, lead with your name and company and keep it to 1 min or less.

Jobseekers respond to ‘why should I hire you’

Two job seekers were brave enough to answer our call for pitching yourself in 1 minute or less. Hear is their pitch. Let us know how you think they did by leaving a comment below.

Want to pitch yourself? Just call into our comment line (206) 888-9910 and leave your message of 1 minute or less.

Half of Workers being laid off, finding jobs

CHICAGO, April 8 /PRNewswire/ — Despite it being one of the most challenging hiring environments in the nation’s history, 41 percent of workers who were laid off from full-time jobs in the last three months reported they found a new full-time, permanent position while another 8 percent found part-time work. This is according to a survey from CareerBuilder that included 807 workers who were laid off from full-time jobs within the last 12 months. The survey was conducted between February 20 and March 11, 2009.

“This is encouraging news for the 3.3 million workers who have lost their jobs in recent months,” said Brent Rasmussen, President of CareerBuilder North America. “It’s going to take longer to find a job in today’s market, but there are opportunities out there in key areas such as healthcare, government, education, sales and technology. It’s important to devote five hours or more to your job search every day, check online listings, talk to recruiters, join social networking sites – use all the resources you have available to you.”

Comparing Gender and Age

More men than women who were laid off in the last 12 months were able to find full-time employment – 59 percent of men compared to 49 percent of women. Comparing age brackets, workers ages 35 to 44 were the most likely to find full-time jobs after a layoff at 68 percent. Workers ages 18 to 24 were the least likely at 41 percent followed by 46 percent of workers age 55 and older.

Severance and Long-term Savings

The financial implications of job loss were significant for affected workers. Of those workers who were laid off in the last 12 months, only 32 percent received a severance package from their employers. Sixty-nine percent reported the severance sustained them for 2 months or less. One-in-four said it sustained them for less than one month. Forty-five percent of workers who were laid off in the last year had to tap into long-term savings as a result of losing their jobs.

Impact on Pay and Hours

Workers reported taking pay reductions and adjusting hours to keep a steady paycheck. Nearly half of workers (49 percent) who were laid off in the last 12 months and landed new positions took a job with less pay; 15 percent were able to negotiate higher compensation. One-in-five (20 percent) took a job with less hours while 12 percent took on more hours.


Workers said they are expanding their job search beyond their own backyard. Thirteen percent of workers who were laid off in the last 12 months and found jobs relocated to a new city or state. Of those who are still looking for employment, 39 percent reported they would consider relocating for a job opportunity.

Transferring Skills to Other Industries and Fields

Workers reported they are repackaging their resumes for new areas of employment. Thirty-eight percent of workers who were laid off in the last 12 months and landed new positions said they found work in a different field from where they were previously employed. Seventy percent of these workers said they really enjoy the new opportunity. Of those workers who are still job hunting, 44 percent are looking for work outside of their profession.

Starting a Business

A highly competitive job market is motivating some workers to be their own boss. One-in-four workers (25 percent) who have not found jobs are considering starting their own business.

Rasmussen recommends the following tips:

* Keep an open mind – Make a list of your current skills and look at a variety of job postings inside and outside your field to see how they measure up to the job requirements. You may be able to fill in gaps through an online certification or even through volunteering, which employers do regard as relevant experience.
* Go beyond the basics: Ask a graphic designer to help you with your resume to make it eye-catching. Show off your skills with a digital portfolio of your work or follow-up with an opinion on a relevant article or industry news item after your interview.
* Relentlessly use social media: Get on professional and social networking sites, Twitter or write your own blog to create a recognizable personal brand online and connect with industry insiders. Create a Facebook group of your own and invite recruiters and hiring managers to join.
* Make yourself searchable: Make sure to include keywords from the employer’s job posting in your resume and cover letter, so your application shows up closer to the top in employer searches.