HIRE OF WEEK: FLEETWOOD MAC VOCALIST CHRISTINE MCVIE

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SHOW DATE: JANUARY 15, 2014

We are excited that Fleetwood Mac is getting back together. But that’s not why vocalist Christine McVie is our hire of the week.

McVie retired in 1998, and she’s been holding on to her retirement. But she decided to let go of her ego and get back with Fleetwood Mac without worrying if it will make her look like she’s going backwards.

She was passionate, and we should all take a cue. If you have too much pride to take up a certain job—say one you resigned from a while ago—drop the ego and focus on the passion.

TROUBLE ON THE JOB HUNT? SHOW SOME INITIATIVE

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SHOW DATE: AUGUST 7, 2013

Having trouble getting any traction from your job search? You may want to take an inspirational note from Adam Pacitti. The 24-year old from London had hit a cul-de-sac: several months and 250 job applications had yielded no results.

So Pacitti took to some desperate measures: he took out his last 500 pounds (about $775) and put up a billboard that read, “I spent my last 500 pounds on this billboard, please give me a job,” and “employadam.com” right below. Practically overnight, he received 60 job offers, and was finally accepted to a high-level position at an advertising agency.

While the viral campaign around the billboard took several months to plan, it wasn’t the stunt that did it. It was his initiative, his creativity, and his willingness to put everything on the line. He didn’t have a network so he used his billboard to create one.

Think outside the box (or, in this case, the billboard), and show some initiative. You will get noticed.

HIRE OF THE WEEK: ENGINEERING CONSULTANT KIM O’GRADY

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Every week, Auntie Evan and Uncle David scour the news to find a Hire or Fire of the Week. Hires display impeccable aplomb and go above and beyond what they’re expected to do on the job. Fires do the opposite. Tune in every week to see who’s getting Hired or Fired next.

SHOW DATE: JULY 17, 2013

Kim O’Grady, an engineering consultant from Australia, not only had a good deal of experience under his belt, but also a relatively wide job market for engineering consultants in his part of the country. So why didn’t he get a single interview in his four months on the job hunt? That’s exactly what Kim was asking himself—until he noticed the name on his resume. Kim’s a genderless name, but the inclination is to attribute it to a woman rather than a man. Kim realized that he was playing in a male dominated field, and his name was holding him back. So what did he do? He added “Mr.” to the front of his name and got an interview the very next job he applied for. Hats off to you, Mr. Kim O’Grady, for not giving up and using your noggin to realize that in the job world, the gender of your name matters.

On a side note, another suggestion would be to replace your first (and middle) name with your initials—KT O’Grady, for example.

 

By Aleksandr Smechov

SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS

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SHOW DATE: JUNE 5, 2013

So you’re searching for jobs on websites like Monster, Career Builder, and Indeed.  That’s great!  Sadly, though, it’s not 2002 anymore, so you’re going to do more than just use the Internet if you want to be competitive.  You have to learn online tricks that give you an edge.  And one great trick is to sign up for email alerts.  With an email alert, you don’t have top find the job…the job finds you—by sending you an email when the right job is out there!  Not only are alerts fully customizable, but they are offered by all the aforementioned job search sites, as well as many others.  And while the increased convenience is nice, here’s the real benefit of email alerts: by being the first to know about new job offerings, your resume will be in the first stack of 20 to arrive on the hiring manager’s desk…not the last stack of 20 (what people who hire others refer to as “recycling” or “kindling,” depending on how environmentally-minded they are).

THREE STEPS TO TWESUME SUCCESS

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SHOW DATE: May 1, 2013

If you’re in a 21st Century profession like marketing, tech, or social media, you should create a Twesume–a 140-character Twitter resume. Here’s how:

  1. Give one bold sentence to distinguish yourself. For example: “I am the creative engine, senior strategist, content curator, and worker-bee who makes great campaigns happen.” It’s only 98 characters!
  2. Use hashtags to get noticed: #Twesume and #hireme, as well as a city tag (#NYC or #SF)
  3. Put a bitly hyperlink to your LinkedIn page.