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We elected you, what are you doing to help us?

Unemployment in the Eurozone is 10%.  In the US 9.6%, the UK 7.8%.  Do you know what the means in terms of the number of people out of work?  I did the maths.  Its frightening.  Clearly this is why politicians talk in percentages.  The actuals do not make for pretty reading.

50 million people in the Eurozone are unemployed!

30 million people in the United States are unemployed!

Nearly 5 million people in the UK are unemployed!

What about the wider world?  According to the International Labour Organisation, in 2009 the number of people on the planet out of work was 212 million!

212 million employable people without a job.  That is an outrage.

What is being done about it?

Everywhere we look governments are talking about deficit reduction.  The cuts have yet to come.  Unemployment will rise and yet I hear no talk, no innovation, no ideas, no strategy about creating jobs.  Many a politician espouses the virtues of job creation and yet nobody seems to be putting forward any suggestion , (let alone a sensible one), as to how what specific schemes or ideas they propose that will help people get back to work.

That is because they are clueless.  They are out of touch with the real world, far removed from their constituents, in cosy offices with cosy benefits.  They don’t know how to create jobs because they have never had to.  We are paying them.  We elected them.  (We are, therefore, not entirely blameless).  That aside, what are they doing to help?

It is time to engage business.  Business has the answer, not politicians.  I am not talking about paying lip service with cosy committees and advisory panels.  I mean really engage business.  Are any politicians asking businesses what they need to create jobs?  If you are asking, are you really listening to the answer?  Are you taking specific action?

Engage with business, big and small, before it’s too late.  Sure it was business that got us in to this mess in one form or another but it will be business and not politicians that lead us out.  Politicians need to create the environment, the conditions, that will encourage businesses to start to invest once again.  It is that reinvestment that will create jobs.

One person out of work, who wants and is willing to work, is one person too many.  212 million is a travesty.  Do something and do it now.  Your lack of action is unforgivable.

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Let them fall in love first ….. interview tips from a Recruiting Pro (part three)

In our final guest blog of the week, Ann Zaslow-Rethaber, President of leading Search Firm ISC continues her series of interview tips for job seekers.

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  • Close the deal- you want to end the interview on a positive note. Be sure to thank the interviewer for their time and let them know how you feel about the job and why you are interested in working for their company. Recap main points of why you are qualified for the job and while it can be intimidating at times, ask them directly in a sincere way if the interviewer sees you as a good fit for the position. If they say no, find out the objection and try to overcome it.

If they say yes, ask for the interviewer’s next steps. Lastly, be sure to get a business card from them as well for a correct address to send the thank you card. You always want to send a thank you note to all the persons you interviewed with.  Remember..if you want the job, ASK FOR IT!! We always half joking tell candidates not to let their hand touch that doorknob to leave until they have an invitation to come back.

  • Have an effective follow up plan- if you do not get the offer, be sure to write follow up thank you letters, thanking everyone that interviewed you for their time, and restating your interest in their company. It is a classy thing to do and something that will definitely separate you from the rest of the interviewees.   If they give you specific reasons on why you were not chosen, work to correct those.
  • Visualize, and it WILL Materialize! For long-range goal planners, I would encourage you to go onto one of the job sites, like www.indeed.com, which compiles all the job postings everywhere on the web, and look up your literal dream job. Look at the requirements and go out there and start building a resume that reflects those requirements.  Also, make a follow up folder and check in with companies that you interviewed with on a monthly basis. It’s always a good idea to create Google alerts for specific companies alerting you to job openings, changes in their company, etc. That gives you a terrific reason to contact them again when you are alerted to new positions opening up, news in the industry that may affect them, etc. You would be surprised at the number of people that end up in their dream job after being turned down initially, but through perseverance and determination, end up in just that job.

A huge thank you to Ann for her tremendous contribution to The Recruiters Little Black Book.  We shall leave week with this poem from Ann, an inspiring and thought provoking piece of prose on the subject of success.

Success

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; this is to have succeeded.” ….. The Success Poem, attributed to Bessie Lefkowitz, an American housewife who won a poem contest in 1934

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Let them fall in love first …… interview tips from a recruiting pro (part one)

I just googled “interview tips”.  The response was 56.2 million search results!

Clearly there are countless views and opinions as to how best to approach an interview.  Whilst interview success cannot be guaranteed there are basic fundamentals that can and should be applied without exception that can massively improve your chances of success.

As always from The Recruiters Little Black Book there is little by way of startling revelation.  The best advice is always simple and easy to action.

This week we will be running a series of guest blogs on Interview Tips.  I am delighted to welcome to The Recruiters Little Black Book Ann Zaslow – Rethaber, President of ISC http://www.iscjobs.com one of the United States most reputable search firms.

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Ann’s wealth of knowledge and experience has proved of huge value to an enormous range of job seekers over more than 14 years as a Recruiter and Business Owner.  Join us over the course of the week and experience this great advice for yourself.

Let them fall in love FIRST, before you tell them what kind of ring you need!

Interview hints from a recruiting pro …the Do’s, the Don’ts, and the Don’t Even Think About It’s!

As a job seeker, it can be exciting yet daunting when you get a call from one of the companies on the top of your list to set up a job interview with you.  In many cases, how you prepare and conduct your first interview, will determine whether or not you close the deal and get the job.

Where to start you ask? How about approaching it as a first date –where instead of getting a second date, you get that second interview, which can then lead to a final job offer.

Here are some basic steps to improving your interviewing skills to land that job you desire:

  • Do your homework –just as you would want to do a casual background check on someone you are about to date, a company background check is that and so much more. Start by reviewing their website on the Internet to find out the main headquarters, regional offices and the names of key company representatives.  Research recent news on the company and get general information about the industry if you haven’t done so already.
  • Check out other resources–Hoovers (www.Hoovers.com) can be a terrific source of information, not only on the company itself but it can also give you industry trends and other information. Also visit Linked In (www.linkedin.com) and look up current and past employees –that can be a fantastic place to try to connect with someone who may be able to give you the ‘inside scoop’ on corporate culture, etc.
  • Dress the part and be prepared –Wear appropriate business attire and always remember, it’s ALWAYS better to be a little over dressed than too casual. No one has ever been accused of being over dressed for an interview, as long as that attire is professional. Also, be sure to turn your cell phone off and bring a pad of paper and pen to take good notes. You can also have a copy of the job description discreetly in your notepad for reference. By studying their job description and requirements beforehand, you can make a point of emphasizing your skills that you want to highlight during your interview, matching to those mandatory requirements. You should do your best to have that job description and requirements virtually memorized prior to your interview.

Join us tomorrow for further insight and great advice from Ann Zaslow-Rethaber, President of ISC.

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