Archive | April, 2012

The Unicorn Theory Why Companies Take So Long To Hire

Guest post by Matt Gill Matt Gill, is the Managing Partner and a founding member of MICA Consulting Group, a retained recruiting and consulting firm specializing in connecting people in marketing, interactive, creative and advertising disciplines. Matt has been a key participant in the recruiting industry for the past 17 years. He is also a […]

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Set Your Passive Income Goal

As we transition into the how-to aspect of passive income creation, let’s begin by having you set a goal for what you want to accomplish here. Why are you reading this series? Is it just for entertainment’s sake? Do you hope to learn something that you might apply later? Or do you actually want to […]

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Send Not Thy Resume Naked into the World

Always send a cover letter with your resume. Sure, there are some employers that don’t read them or place much importance on them. But since you don’t know whether the employer you’re writing to reads and values cover letters or not, you must include a letter. See our Cover Letter Reboot: A Crowdsourced Update of […]

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The Ultimate Rice Bowl

More than 5 years in the making… the long awaited sequel to How to Cook Brown Rice is finally here! The Ultimate Rice Bowl is my own special recipe for a delicious vegan/vegetarian meal. It’s the perfect blend of warm, chewy, crunchy, and savory. It’s also very easy to make — no special cooking skill […]

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Etiquette of moving to another department

You’ve been promoted – congrats! All your hard work has paid off and now you’re moving along in the company. Before you pack up your desk and move to the other side of the building, here’s a few recommendations that you do first: 1) Thank your old team. This can be done with bringing in […]

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Features, Benefits and the Principle of Timely Relevance

If you have participated in one of my strategy calls, you know that I like to use marketing and sales metaphors when talking about job search and career management. One of the most important concepts to understand in either case is the difference between features and benefits. Features are your skill set – your innate […]

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Q&A: Following up after sending resume

QUESTION: “Do you have any suggestions for following up after emailing your resume?” ANSWER: When you email your resume, you should be specific in the cover letter about next steps. Toward the end of the cover letter, you might write something like: I look forward to hearing back from you about an interview. I will […]

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The Big Five

Tony Alessandra, PH.D, is the author of Charisma: Seven Keys to Developing the Magnetism that Leads to Success. His book discusses ways to increase your personal magnetism, or charisma. His theory is that there are several components of charisma, all of which we possess to one degree or another. We can also improve our command of all the components.

It’s probably no accident that Alessandra’s components of charisma include the same elements that psychologists use to describe personality. Known as “the Big Five,” the components of personality can be measured and be used to predict how effective people will be in varied situations or on the job.

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I Wish I Knew How to Leave You

Goldman Sachs employee Greg Smith made a big splash with his March 14 resignation. He emailed his bosses at 6:40 A.M. London time, but neglected to inform them that a long op ed piece would appear in that morning’s edition of the New York Times. The 1,300 word letter described a culture of greed and contempt for clients, with employees referring to them frequently as “muppets.”

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What Did You Learn Today?

When was the last time someone asked you that? I’m betting that it was around the sixth grade, at the dinner table. While you were in school, you should have had a good answer to that question every day. Why is it that many adults give up on learning after they graduate?

Oh, we don’t give up entirely, of course. Some of us have to keep up with our professions: healthcare regulations, the new tax code, programming languages. But when was the last time you learned something brand new to you in a field that has nothing to do with your job?

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