For most people, the biggest initial roadblock to writing a LinkedIn recommendation is the energy and effort it requires.
But before you sit down to write a few breezy paragraphs about a colleague or employee, think about this: Does your company have a policy against it?
Niala Boodhoo and Bridget Carey
, August 12, 2009
In an ultra-competitive job market, every detail counts on a job interview.
The wrong look, the wrong attitude or both can sink an interview fast. A survey by CareerBuilder.com showed that 46 percent of 3,200 hiring managers reported job candidates were dressed inappropriately.
When asked about the biggest mistakes job seekers are making, the three most-cited problems were "too desperate/willing to take anything," "poor interview preparation" and "weak resumes," according to a survey of 500 executive recruiters conducted for TheLadders.com, a career site for executives.
In today's job market, job seekers are doing whatever it takes to grab employers' attention.
"The search for employment is taking longer, and it is more competitive than it has been in past years," said Jason Ferrara, senior career adviser for online employment agency Career Builder. "To compensate, some candidates have turned to extreme tactics."
Stop. You were not "laid off." Your "position" was "impacted" in a "restructuring brought on by business decisions."
And no. You are not "looking for a job" right now. You are "a solution" waiting to connect with some employer who has a "pain, need or opportunity" that you can "satisfy."
Jeans, T-shirts and flip-flops: most students graduate from college with little else in their closets. But the faded and frayed won't do out in the professional world, say career experts.
For many new graduates, knowing what to wear to a job interview — especially amid this year's highly competitive work hunt — can be as stressful as cramming for final exams.
Maria Hernandez and other new college graduates who make up Generation Jobless are finding the way to compete in the worst job market in 25 years is to take work they otherwise would have dismissed — part-time positions, tutoring gigs, secretarial posts — anything to have some income rolling in.
Q: I have been receiving COBRA health insurance since I lost my job four months ago. Even though I am working again, I am still paying for the benefit because my new insurance won't take effect until next month. Do I qualify for the 65 percent COBRA reduction provided under President Barack Obama's stimulus package both retroactively and going forward?
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