We all know someone like this (and I’ve been able to congratulate some of them on this blog recently): A job hunter who finds a good position quickly, just a couple months or even weeks following a layoff or after initiating a search while still employed. Why do they land in a flash while others with similar experience who are just as talented can languish for months and months in this ultra-competitive job market?
There are some commonalities among these job hunters, say hiring experts. And it’s not that they’re smarter or better-looking or have more personality than the average bear, as Yogi would say. Instead, they are focused, flexible, upbeat and confident, and they keep their expectations in line with reality. None of this is rocket science and I’ve mentioned these qualities many times before, yet when you combine them, it tends to work.
Here are some things that quick-landing job hunters have in common, and ways to adopt these traits for your own search. They: Read more »
One of the most difficult discoveries for job hunters is that they often have trouble getting their phone calls and emails returned — not only by prospective employers but by those who they had previously considered friends. It’s tough enough to deal with the stress and anxiety of job hunting, but there is a unique sting added when it feels as though you’re being abandoned by folks you thought were your friends just when you need them most.
And it’s often the case, in one of the cruel truths about the universe, that when people (and maybe they’re your friends and maybe they’re just people you know who you thought were your friends) feel awkward and uncomfortable about a situation that they avoid it and fade away. Former colleagues of those caught up in layoffs and buyouts may not be sure how to respond and if you’re gone anyway, they may simply fail to stay in touch. Those who have moved on and are now being asked to help a former colleague may not know how to best do so. Some may be well-intentioned, but don’t want to make promises they’re not sure they can deliver upon.
So while you may feel like it shouldn’t be your role as a job hunter to find out who your friends really are and then to make it as easy as possible for them to help you, you’ll waste a lot less time and emotional energy if you do so early in your job search. Here are some tips: Read more »
Governmental and nonprofit organizations often make money available to communities in the form of grants. Grant money may be used by a community for projects that provide benefits to its residents, like improving elements of its infrastructure. In order for the community to get that money, it will be necessary to submit a grant proposal. Writing grant proposals involves a certain set of highly-developed skills that you will learn while getting your masters in public administration; for example, you will need an excellent command of written English. You should also be skilled when it comes to research and be familiar with the grant writing process.
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A Wall Street Journal review of about 3,000 financial-disclosure forms found that about 250 congressional staffers earned a total of $13 million in 2009 from former employers, companies they run or other side jobs. The outside income ranged from the trivial — one aide made $2,700 competing in bass-fishing contests — to hundreds of thousands of dollars in deferred compensation, bonus payments or stock grants.
“In some cases, staffers collected money from companies with a direct interest in their congressional work. While that isn’t prohibited as long as it is disclosed, it poses a potential conflict of interest between their public duties and their personal financial interests.”
“Public employees are retiring at a quickening pace around the U.S., providing a mixed blessing for state and local governments seeking to save money,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“The retirements mean employers can shelve some planned layoffs. And some of the departing workers, generally more senior and higher paid, are being replaced by lower-paid employees with less-generous retirement benefits, government officials say. But the loss of veterans threatens to erode the quality of public services that make communities attractive, they say.”
“A surge of lobbyists has left K Street this year to fill jobs as high-ranking staffers on Capitol Hill, focusing new attention on the dearth of rules governing what paid advocates can do after moving into the legislative world,” the Washington Post reports.
“Ethics rules sharply limit the activities of former lobbyists who join the executive branch and former lawmakers who move to lobbying firms. But experts say there are no limits on lawmakers hiring K street employees and letting them write legislation in sync with the policies they advocated for hire.”
A fair number of email correspondents have been telling me recently that before they even get to speak to a hiring manager, they’re being put through a screening interview, usually conducted by someone in the organization’s HR department and often over the phone. With all the competition out there and with companies taking care with each precious opening these days, screening interviews give the company a chance to weed out those who may not have the necessary qualifications, and to focus hiring managers’ attention on those who likely will be the best candidates.
Yet a screening interview also offers an opportunity for the job candidate — not only is this a chance to win over the first interviewer and get to the next round, but you may also be able to throw your hat in the ring for other openings in the company. So treat this as seriously as you would any other interview and make the most of it, rather than viewing it as a hassle.
Here are some tips on how to handle screening interviews: Read more »