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Can a company demand to interview your spouse?

June 22, 2012 2 comments

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I was researching on Monster.com and came across the strangest interview policy.

A question was posted on a Monister.com board for Job Search Tips about the interviewing policies of a company named MightyData.

One of the articles on the company blog detailed MightyData’s very extensive interview process. The blog was written by Susan Fennema, MightyData’s “Dean of Success.”

The blog talks about the steps in the interview process including; the online job application, interviewing with other team members, a technical aptitude test, a personality profile, and a reference check. However, MightyData has one last step in the interview process before a potential employee is approved to be hired;

Now get this, they conduct an In-person interview with spouses! (WHAT?) 

Here is the excerpt from the blog:

In-person interview with spouses – While I like the personality profile, this step to me is the very best. You can hear all the stories you want about separating work life from personal, blah, blah, blah. But, seriously. Are you really going to argue with me that your work doesn’t have an effect on your significant other and your significant other doesn’t have an effect on your work? That’s ludicrous. Plus, the candidate has chosen this person to be his/her most trusted life partner. It’s a good way to check your potential team member’s judgement! If the person does not have a significant other, this step is still included. It is the last step in the process and decisions are made thereafter.

I agree with Monster expert Susan Aaron’s (Career Assessment Coach) when she says WOW!

Can I add OMG! and WTF?

Seriously I had to read this paragraph several times! Does it really say;

“Are you really going to argue with me that your work doesn’t have an effect on your significant other and your significant other doesn’t have an effect on your work?”

“ the candidate has chosen this person to be his/her most trusted life partner. It’s a good way to check your potential team member’s judgement!”

 If the person does not have a significant other, this step is still included.

 Again; OMG! WTF? 

Good Luck

~ Jackie White, PRW
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HOW TO: Set up an Online Resume

June 18, 2012 1 comment

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This article by Erica Swallow explains how to post your resume online using personal websites, video hubs, document-sharing websites or LinkedIn.

HOW TO: Set Up an Online Resume

The examples’ used are some of the most creative social media, video and visual resumes examples I have ever seen.  Take a few minutes to view some of the examples; they are really impressive.

But what I really find most informative about the article is the suggestion Erica makes to upload your resume to a document-sharing website such as SlideShare or Scribd. In fact I have already created a profile and posted my resume on SlideShare (41 views already). I’m planning to do the same on Scribd.

If you need help creating your own Online Resume give me a call.

Good Luck

~ Jackie White, PRW
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Dating and Your Job Search

June 12, 2012 Leave a comment

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I love this article by Hannah Morgan; she compares searching for a job to dating.

How Dating “Rules” Apply to Your Job Search

I always said that not getting a job, especially after a great interview, is like being dumped by a guy.


You felt like you made a real connection,
he was interested in you,
you had so much in common,
you laughed at his jokes,
you stated to picture a future with him.
And, after the evening was over, he said he would call…but he never does.
The worst part is you usually never know why.
What did she have that I didn’t?
You are humiliated; and you feel horrible for weeks.
 
Don’t be that job candidate anymore! 

A powerful, achievement-focused résumé with distinctive, eye-catching design will get you noticed! Let a professional résumé writer help you turn heads and stand out from the crowd.

BTW; I mean no disrespect to all the guys out there. I only use the term “guy” because
I am a girl. I know the knife cuts both ways.

Good Luck

~ Jackie White, PRW
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The Worst Way to Pick a Job Candidate

April 20, 2012 Leave a comment


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Awesome article by Liz Ryan on the corporate interview process.

The Worst Way to Pick a Job Candidate

Interviewers must realize that most people cram for interviews by reading the “interview questions and suggested answers” found on Monster and CareerBuilder. How can they learn anything about potential employees if everyone gives the same answers?

I absolute hate studying those stupid questions and trying to formulate answers before an interview.  My favorite:

Question:              Where do you see yourself in five years?

Answer:                 In this economy; I just pray I have a job!

Good Luck!

~ Jackie White
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A Very Satisfied Customer!

April 12, 2012 Leave a comment

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I got a call from a very excited client; she had an interview earlier today.

Her future employers were so impressed with her résumé they offered her in a management position! They felt she was over qualified for the associate position she had applied for. First, they gave her several job descriptions to read and asked which one fit her best. Then the Director asked if she was interested in a program management position!

She was so excited! She kept saying, “This would never have happened with my old résumé.”

She had a long successful career with a leading aerospace company; until the Space Shuttle contract ended in 2010. Even though her career was filled with accolades and awards she did not know how to put her accomplishments into words.

Writing your résumé may be the most difficult document you will ever have to write. Please, please, please consider hiring a professional.

Do not leave your career to chance or chances are you will not have one.

Good luck,

Jackie White
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Tip of the Day; Thur., March 24

March 24, 2012 Leave a comment

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Use Your “Pat-on-the-Backs”

Keep copies of all awards, performance appraisals, congratulatory emails; any type of pat-on-the-back you receive from management and peers alike. Not only can a professional resume writer gather useful information on your achievements but reading these documents will also boost your self-esteem.

I suggest reading over your “pat-on-the-backs” before every interview; they will remind you of how valuable your contributions were and of what a great asset you can be to your next employer. Do not be shy about your achievements; modesty has no place in an interview!

Good Luck

~ Jackie White, PRW

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