Honesty is Best Policy on Resumes

5 10 2009

Curriculum Vitae Here’s the dilemma: you’re proofreading your friend’s resume and it becomes pretty clear to you that he is taking more than a little bit of liberty with the truth – saying he conceived the idea rather than just implemented it, calling it a promotion rather than a lateral move, and glossing over that 13-month stint at that crazy start-up back in the dot.com boom.

What do you tell him? Remembering that competition is stiff out there – you know it’s the “Great Recession,” after all – and that he needs to stand out from the crowd.

Well, Readers, I hope you’ll remind him that honesty is the best policy.

— Marc Cendella, theLadders.com

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5 Ways to Write Your Own Paycheck

5 10 2009

Check writingWho wouldn’t want to add an extra digit to their paycheck every month? If you’re in the right job, you can. Independent and commissioned workers decide what’s on their paycheck by working harder or more hours. Find out how you can land a job where performance truly pays off. Read More.





Even as Layoffs Persist, Some Good Jobs Go Unfilled

5 10 2009

By CHRISTOPHER LEONARD, AP Business Writer – Sun Oct 4, 3:53 pm ET
Job training seminarIn a brutal job market, here’s a task that might sound easy: Fill jobs in nursing, engineering and energy research that pay $55,000 to $60,000, plus benefits.
Yet even with 15 million people hunting for work, even with the unemployment rate nearing 10 percent, some employers can’t find enough qualified people for good-paying career jobs.
Ask Steve Jones, a hospital recruiter in Indianapolis who’s struggling to find qualified nurses, pharmacists and MRI technicians. Or Ed Baker, who’s looking to hire at a U.S. Energy Department research lab in Richland, Wash., for $60,000 each.
Economists say the main problem is a mismatch between available work and people qualified to do it. Millions of jobs with attractive pay and benefits that once drew legions of workers to the auto industry, construction, Wall Street and other sectors are gone, probably for good. And those who lost those jobs generally lack the right experience for new positions popping up in health care, energy and engineering.
Many of these specialized jobs were hard to fill even before the recession. But during downturns, recruiters tend to become even choosier, less willing to take financial risks on untested workers.
The mismatch between job opening and job seeker is likely to persist even as the economy strengthens and begins to add jobs. It also will make it harder for the unemployment rate, now at 9.8 percent, to drop down to a healthier level.  Read More…
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Associated Press reporters Christopher S. Rugaber in Washington and Mike Smith in Indianapolis contributed to this report.