This is a tough one. HR Directors and (most) recruiters will tell you that age makes no difference, 50+ people who have lost their job will say the contrary.
What is the truth? Are you really professionally finished as a 50+ for a corporate career?
It is hard argue with the notion that every job is made up of a number of defined skills. Many companies use competency frameworks to help their employees understand how to improve their performance or prepare themselves for additional responsibilities.
But what happens when these collections of competencies include hard to define “soft skills” and are used for selection rather than development? Read more
Congratulations! After having screened dozens or hundreds of resumes and having conducted numerous interviews, you have found the right candidate for your job vacancy. Weeks or months of hard work come to an end. Make sure you get it right at this critical point of time of the hiring process: one false move can result in a refusal and if you screw it up now, you have to start at zero again (unless you have a back-up – and even then, s/he will only be second choice…).
In my experience, 5-10% of job offers made are turned down.
Making it right is a very precise technique. Here are the 9 steps on how to make a winning job offer:
Martin and his family in 1994: "We had gone to church wearing our best clothing and the church photographer was making free pictures"
“The longest mile of unemployment for me was during a grueling 3 year stretch of time in California under the Clinton administration. My consulting position as a Director of Marketing & Sales had just ended because of faulty management decisions that threw the company into bankruptcy.
Businesses were going bankrupt across America, unemployment was at an all time high, home prices were crashing, foreclosures were drastically on the rise and almost no one wanted to hire. The year was 1992.
Often right – though it is illegal to do so in some countries. Yet many agencies put ads on the net that are completely made up and neither the job nor the company exist (at least recruiters who work on success fees and who have to build a “candidate pool”).
I read and hear again and again that candidates complain that when they met their recruiter, the job “was gone”, had “just been filled” or more bluntly “does not exist” and had the aim “to attract candidates”. Read more
If you are feeling blocked in your current job or are looking for a new position you may have thought about exploring opportunities to add some additional skills to your CV.
Whether you are considering an executive MBA, an open enrollment Executive Education program, or contemplating using a coach or mentor, you should be sure that the program you select uses all the latest learning methods and technologies available.
And, very importantly, that you will have a great time doing it! Read more
Right and wrong, the answer highly depends on the individual context.
I once read that after 7 years in prison, sociologists doubt you can be reintegrated into society (but then Nelson Mandela was in prison for 26 years…). I guess that at one point of time, it will be difficult to work 40 hours per week in a corporate context if you have not done so for years.
How long is this period? I do not know. And in my opinion, this is not the right question to ask: Read more
My mentor, an experienced recruiter, once called one of his top clients and said “I met a candidate who would be a perfect fit for you. You should meet her and try to work out something together!”
I thought he was crazy. He will never be in the position to know the firm as much as the HR department. The job is there first and the candidate must be found according to the vacancy. Or not??? Read more
Congratulations, you made it! You completed your degree or are about to and then you will hold your diploma in your hands. With the end of your studies comes the beginning of your work life. Are you ready to jump-start your career?
If you are in the middle of this crossroad, it can be scary, exciting, confusing, overwhelming or all of the above. Following are some steps to make a successful college-to-real world transition and help you to kick-off your career as a young graduate. Read more