Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Career Changers

Career Changers - Answer the following questions to yourself honestly to see if it's time to make the switch. 

• Where do you fall into your company’s plans for the next 24 months? 
• Are you happy with the present career path as viewed today? 
• Does your total compensation package meet your needs? 
• What is the demand for professionals with your skills, experience and credentials? 

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Job Boards...Just my Thoughts.

Don’t depend on job boards as your chief channel of job search. 

 If you send out 100 resumes via job boards, you will be lucky stupid to get a 3 - 5 % response. 

Why? Here are three variables that will negatively affect your application. 

1. Too many applicants 

2. Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are not standardized so the criteria for the system makes it difficult for the applicant to define 

3. Format may not upload correctly resumeservices ats jobsearchadvice allanbrown

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Changing face of middle management (esp. in tech-driven companies). 

The trend is happening via a few different avenues: 

1) Age Discrimination 

2) Making companies "less fat" - eliminating layers as a means of streamlining hierarchies as well as for cutting expenses (salaries and benefits). I worked for a company in the 90s (Miller Freeman)that had more employees under three years of service as well as those with 10+ years as compared to those with 3- 10 years. Same principle. 

3) "Their jobs are also relocated—without them—to lower-cost locations both within the U.S. and in other countries."We are seeing this in the Bay Area (tech economy) where the cost of doing business, let along cost of living, is excessive. 

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Holding Leadership Roles has its Benefits

If you are part of an industry or professional association, make your as visible as possible and make the effort to assume a leadership role for the organization, or perhaps a committee of subcommittee in the organization.  Chances are that you will hear of the best opportunities before the position is posted / publicized.

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Hobbies / Interests

Many people want to include hobbies and interests on their resumes under the auspices that it makes she / he more personable or "relatable". Here is my take - Keep your business and personal separate. 

Your resume should provide the reasons why you are qualified for the job, therefore warranting an interview. Including hobbies and interests that ARE NOT related to work or can be inferred that you cannot be available during work hours can get you disqualified. Example - Little League Baseball Coach (nice thing to do, but it also infers that you cannot work late because you have to leave at 430pm to coach the players a couple of times a week. 

It is not the hiring manager's business what you do on your free time. Perhaps he / she hates baseball. Maybe the last person in that role failed to prioritize work from free time because of outside commitments.

 Save the personal stuff for down the road and keep it off the resume.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

My quarterly newsletter

My quarterly newsletter will be emailed at 1115am PT. If you are a client who has been connected to me via LinkedIn since December, please check your email. If you are a client who is a recent connection, you will receive the email later today. If you are not a client or a client is not a LinkedIn connection (I do understand why) please let me know and I will send the newsletter. 

 Subject - How to use LinkedIn without your boss knowing you are seeking a new opportunity. 

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

LinkedIn Privacy Settings

LinkedIn has a settings that enables you to block your profile from search results conducted by your employer, while still letting others see your profile. Under "Job seeking," Let Recruiters Know You are Looking! Select "Yes". For the setting "Let Recruiters Know You're Open to Opportunities", select "Yes" to share your profile when you apply for jobs on LinkedIn.

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