Category: Resume

October 27, 2011

Get Hired for the Holidays: Seasonal Retail Jobs

RetailAccording to the Monster Employment Index (MEI) -- a monthly review of millions of job opportunities posted on online job boards and corporate career sites -- the retail trade sector grew 21 percent between September 2010 and September 2011. All told, the sector has shown 19 consecutive months of positive year-over-year growth since March 2010. And according to the National Retail Federation, retailers are expected to hire 480,000 to 500,000 seasonal workers in 2011.

So what can you do if you want one of these seasonal retail jobs?

Doing research is key -- because retail employers want to hire people who are enthusiastic about their products. One way to do this is to find and follow the company's social media efforts (on Twitter, for instance), to keep informed not only about products but also about local job opportunities and hiring events.

But take advantage of spur-of-the-moment opportunities, too -- don't hesitate to walk into a store with a Help Wanted sign in the window, because seasonal hiring often moves a lot faster than a traditional hiring process. With that in mind, it might make sense to put on your interview outfit, print up copies of your resume, and head to your local mall -- preferably on a weekday afternoon (when it's less crowded and a manager may have more time to speak to you).

Update your resume and prep for interviews by highlighting experience that's relevant to a retail environment. Even if you've never worked in a store, your past jobs may have required managing client relationships, data entry, simple accounting, merchandising, inventory, and similar transferable skills. And to seal the deal, be proactive about following up with a phone call, within a week after you drop off your resume. 

(And working retail isn't all cash registers and stock rooms. Read "Cool Holiday Jobs in Retail" for more ideas.) 

 Don't want to work in a store? Many other industries hire seasonal workers during the winter holidays: catering companies and some restaurants add staff, there's demand for short-term temporary office workers in a variety of occupations (to fill in for vacationing staff members or help with end-of-year crunches), and delivery companies hire thousands of seasonal workers to handle increased volume.

All of these temporary opportunities can be great resume builders and networking opportunities -- and one might just be a step to a full-time, permanent position. A rise in overall temporary hiring is expected next year. (Read "Temp Jobs Expected to Be on Upswing in 2012" for more.)

What are your holiday-hiring tips? Do you have a seasonal-job success story? Tell us about it in the Comments section.


 

Posted by Charles Purdy on October 27, 2011 at 02:25 PM in Current Events , Interview , Job Search , Resume | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

October 11, 2011

6 Ways To Go Beyond The Resume

6a00d834515e7c69e2014e8b8fb998970d-pi By Nancy Mann Jackson for Glassdoor.com

Job seekers often spend most of their time focused on creating the perfect resume. And while a clear, focused resume is certainly important, it’s not the only document you need for a successful job search. Instead, develop a whole arsenal of job search tools so that you’ll be ready to provide whatever a potential employer asks for.

“Craft a unified package that consistently conveys a highly professional image of yourself,” says Ford R. Myers, career coach, speaker and author of Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring, (John Wiley & Sons). In addition to your fine-tuned resume, that package should include:

A one-sheet. Also called a one-pager or just a bio, this is a one-page biography about your professional life. It’s not necessary to include personal information, but you should give a detailed history of your professional experience. On this page, you can add a little more detail than you may be able to include in your resume, such as information about how you perfected certain skills or important contributions you have made in other positions. You may also include information about the specific skills you bring to the table, and possibly even short testimonials from some of your references. Consider including a current photograph to add some personality to the bio.

Accomplishment stories. Similar to case studies, these stories can offer a snapshot into your previous work experience, explaining a certain challenge or task that you were faced with and detailing how you approached it and the results you accomplished. Consider writing these in the form of traditional case studies, divided into three sections with headings such as: Problem, Solution, Results.

Cover letters. Of course you need to send a cover letter with your resume. But each time you send out a resume, the cover letter may be different, depending on what skills the employer is looking for or the type of job for which they are hiring. Be prepared; write several versions of your cover letter in advance, based on the different types of jobs you’re pursuing. Then you can simply locate the right one when you need to send out the next resume.

Professional references. Don’t wait to locate references’ contact information or ask for their permission when you’re ready to send out a resume. Instead, plan ahead. Create a list of potential references, complete with contact information, and ask each of them if they’re willing to serve as a reference for you. Once you’ve gotten the ok, keep this list handy and you can pick and choose which ones you want to send to a potential employer when you send out the next resume.

List of targeted employers. Rather than searching blindly by skimming the want ads or job boards every day, develop a list of the employers you’d most like to interview with. Then set about making inroads with those companies through personal networking and social networking.

Elevator speech. Develop a 30-second spiel that succinctly describes the type of work you’re looking for. Don’t just memorize it; put it in writing and keep this document with your other job search documents. Whenever somebody asks, you’ll have a clear, concise, professional answer ready.

Myers recommends organizing all your job search documents into a divided binder for easy access, but you could also organize them into folders on your hard drive.

Guest blogger Nancy Mann Jackson is an award-winning journalist and corporate communicator who writes regularly about small business, parenting and workplace issues. She has written hundreds of articles for publications including Working Mother, CNNMoney.com, Entrepreneur.com, and MyBusiness.

Posted by Charles Purdy on October 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM in Resume | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

October 07, 2011

The Monster 5 for Friday -- Careers Edition -- October 7

On Fridays, we take a look back at the week that was, and show you five of our favorite career-advice articles -- tips and news you may have missed during your busy week. And of course, on the first Friday of every month, the big news is the U.S. Department of Labor's Jobs Report.

The unemployment rate is holding at 9.1 percent, though the Department of Labor is reporting that the country added 103,000 jobs in September -- enough to ease some experts' fears of a double-dip recession. (However, the country needs to add about 125,000 new jobs per month in order to keep up with population growth.)

There are bright spots: The Deptartment of Labor is showing positive trends in construction and retail. Its report also said that private-sector workers regained the 0.1 hours in the average work week that they lost in August (this is considered an important indicator of employment health). And the Department of Labor is just one measurement. The Monster Employment Index, a comprehensive look at more than 1,500 web sites, including corporate career sites and job boards, that provides an overview of online job postings, also is showing positive numbers.

5. Our first story of the week is detailed look at the Monster Employment Index: "Particularly strong were retail, which typically sees some pick-up in September, and IT, which saw an acceleration in demand for software and telecommunications specialists," said Jesse Harriott, senior vice president and chief knowledge officer at Monster Worldwide." Read more, in "Monster Employment Index Grows 7% Year-Over-Year."

4. And some of that growth in retail jobs is likely related to seasonal hiring. For tips on snagging one for yourself, read "How to Find Seasonal Retail Work."

3. An article in the San Jose Mercury News provided tips and advice for workers who want to enter a "second phase" in their career. Read "Mid-Career Job Seekers Turn to Internships, Volunteer Positions."

2. You might be tempted to file this one under "M" for "Monster blowing their own horn" -- but the fact that BeKnown has won a prestigious HR industry award is important for job seekers. When you're looking for a job, networking is key -- and BeKnown is being recognized as a valuable way to network online. Read "Monster Honored by HR Executive."

1. And finally, a great little piece of job-search advice from CareeRealism this week: read "How Your Writing Style Affects Your Job Search."

Do you need job-search advice? What job-seeker topics would you like to see covered? Leave a message for us in the comments section below, or find @monstercareers on Twitter and send a message. Also, get support and great job-seeker advice when you join our community on Facebook.

 


Posted by Charles Purdy on October 7, 2011 at 07:29 PM in Current Affairs , Current Events , Job Search , Networking , Resume | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

September 30, 2011

The Monster 5 for Friday -- Careers Edition -- September 30

On Fridays, we take a look back at the week that was, and show you five of our favorite career-advice articles -- tips and news you may have missed during your busy week.

5. One story that got our attention this week was about a new line of Hallmark cards -- for the recently unemployed. Now, sometimes a card is quite nice -- but we have some more-practical way to show a recently laid-off friend that you care. Read "New 'Sorry You Got Laid Off' Cards from Hallmark."

4. With fall come increasing challenges to our health: longer hours indoors and more "treats" around the office are just a couple of the obstalces we face. A new Monster Special Report includes several articles with tips to help you overcome those challenges. Peruse "Stay Healthy at Work." 

3. From our friends at CareeRealism.com, a brief article on a topic all job seekers are concerned with: employer background checks. Read "The Latest Background Screening Techniques."

2. Anyone can say that they work well with others. AvidCareerist.com has advice on how to show it. Read "5 Ways to Show 'Works Well With Others' on a Resume."

1. We'll close out the week with news from the LA Times on a fast-growing new occupation. Read "Employers are Liking -- and Hiring -- Social Media Workers. "

 

Do you need job-search advice? What job-seeker topics would you like to see covered? Leave a message for us in the comments section below, or find @monstercareers on Twitter and send a message. Also, get support and great job-seeker advice when you join our community on Facebook.

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Posted by Charles Purdy on September 30, 2011 at 12:56 PM in Current Affairs , Job Search , Resume | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

September 23, 2011

The Monster 5 for Friday -- Careers Edition -- September 23

On Fridays, we take a look back at the week that was, and show you five of our favorite career-advice articles -- tips and news you may have missed during your busy week.

5. Early this week, CareeRealism posted an article that might be of interest to older -- or, rather, more mature ... or perhaps just overqualified -- workers. Read "How Do I Avoid Revealing My Age in a Resume?"

4. We, too, were sharing resume advice for the worker of a certain age. Read "Five Ways to Rejuvenate Your Resume." 

3. Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail published (via Forbes.com) some very helpful resume advice on jargon and buzzwords that can send your resume right into the No pile. Read "Cliches to Ditch on the Job Hunt."

2. We've just been through the Autumnal Equinox -- there's no more denying that summer is over and fall is here. Monster.com has a great collection of articles appropriate to the season. Peruse "Get Back into the Swing of Things with Your Career.

1. And now to close the week with some advice and encouragement -- U.S. News and World Report is here to help people who spent at least part of this week waiting by the phone for that hiring manager to call. Read "Why It's Taking So Long to Hear Back After Your Job Interview."

Do you need job-search advice? What job-seeker topics would you like to see covered? Leave a message for us in the comments section below, or find @monstercareers on Twitter and send a message. Also, get support and great job-seeker advice when you join our community on Facebook.

Posted by Charles Purdy on September 23, 2011 at 01:50 PM in Career Development , Interview , Job Search , Resume | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

September 12, 2011

The Importance of Being Prepared

IStock_000015979253Medium September is National Preparedness Month -- all this month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Ready Campaign, in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Ad Council, is raising awareness and encouraging all Americans to take the necessary steps to ensure that their homes, workplaces, and communities are prepared for emergencies of all kinds. 

The Ready Campaign's website lists three key parts of being prepared: "1. Get a Kit. 2. Make a Plan. 3. Be Informed." That's some good advice, and the Ready website has a great many more details.

September is also Update Your Resume month -- and having a well-crafted and up-to-date resume is a crucial part of career-emergency preparedness. So after you've made sure you have a three-day supply of water (for you and your pets!), a well-stocked first-aid kit, and a supply of batteries for your radio, take a moment to think about how you can prepare for a job-related disaster. A first step is making sure your resume is updated.

Of course, updating your resume should happen more than once a year. So consider creating a recurring monthly appointment with yourself to update your resume and other job-search materials.

Stay Alert
Throughout the month, stay alert and keep track of things you can add to your "career emergency kit," which can be a file on your hard drive or a folder in your filing cabinet -- whatever makes sense as a place for you to store your resume builders and career-emergency supplies.

   1. Note major achievements and successes at your current job, especially those that are quantifiable (numbers on a resume are very persuasive).

   2. Record praise from managers, colleagues, and clients (save commendations and letters of praise in a file for future references).

   3. List conferences, seminars, and classes (and so on) that you've attended.

   4. Keep track of industry-related books and periodicals you've read (jot down some quick impressions of each -- these can be great conversation starters when you're in a job interview or at an industry networking event).

   5. Add new contacts you've met to your professional network (and look for ways to stay connected).

Be Prepared
Of course, not all of these things will make it onto the standard version of your resume, but they should be available for when you need to tailor your resume to a specific job you're applying for. And don't forget -- nowadays, updating your resume may mean updating your profiles on your blog, career-networking sites (such as Monster's BeKnown), and other online spaces.

Consider these tips:

   1. Make sure your resume instantly communicates your career target with a descriptive headline and adequately reflects your depth and breadth of experience in a brief, hard-hitting opening summary. (For more, read "Refresh Your Resume.")

   2. Not sure where to begin? Well, you don't have to begin at the beginning. Consider taking a fresh eye to the bottom of your resume first. (For more, read "Five Steps for Updating Your Resume.")

   3. Updating isn't just about adding new things to your resume -- it's also very important to remove old information or information that doesn't support your goals. This resume clutter can distract hiring managers from your relevant skills. (For more, read "Declutter Your Resume.")

   4. If your resume is like those of most people, it contains a lot of deadwood words and phrases -- empty cliches, annoying jargon, and recycled buzzwords that you should cut away. (For more, read "10 Words and Terms That Ruin a Resume.")

   5. Of course, before you can put something on your resume, you have to actually do it -- if you don't have a job that's providing you with new things you can put on your resume, consider volunteer work, an adult-education class, or another resume booster. (For more, read "Fun Ways to Beef Up Your Resume.")

How do you stay prepared for a career emergency? Share your thoughts in the Comments section -- and don't forget to follow @monstercareers on Twitter for the latest career and job-search advice.

 

Posted by Charles Purdy on September 12, 2011 at 05:07 PM in Career Development , Current Affairs , Current Events , Resume , Update Your Resume Week | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

August 12, 2011

OfficeTeam Reveals Five Hiring-Manager Secrets

What's going through a hiring manager's mind during a job interview? The answer may surprise you. OfficeTeam, a leading administrative staffing service, has identified five things job seekers should know about the interview process -- from the interviewer's point of view.
 
"Many job candidates may not recognize that hiring managers can be as anxious as they are during interviews because of the pressure to find just the right person," says Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "Hiring mistakes are costly, in terms of the time and money invested and the toll on staff morale. Interviewers are looking for subtle clues the applicant has the right job skills and work ethic, and will fit in with new colleagues and the corporate culture."

Hosking adds, "Job seekers who do their homework and remain poised throughout the interview process will be able to engage in more productive, relevant conversations with prospective employers."

Here are five things most hiring managers may be thinking about the interview but won't tell you:

1. I haven't prepared in advance. You may have spent hours creating your resume, but there’s a good chance the hiring manager doesn't remember exactly what’s on it.

Advice: Always have an extra copy of your resume handy, and offer to walk the potential employer through the highlights, particularly if he or she seems at a loss for questions.

2. I'm wary of phonies. Think again before you claim that your greatest weakness is that you "work too hard." Most hiring managers have heard it all before. Inauthentic responses are a red flag to employers.

Advice: Come to the interview with several job-related anecdotes in mind that reveal the real you and speak to how your specific talents can help the business. Don't be afraid to show some personality.

(Read "What Are Your Greatest Strengths and Weaknesses?" for more tips.)

3. I love to talk about my company and myself. Interviewers are advised to let the candidate do most of the talking. But hiring managers are only human and enjoy discussing things they are passionate about, including their careers and interests.

Advice: Ask the prospective employer about his or her professional advancement within the company; this can yield valuable information about growth potential at the firm and get the conversation going. You don't have to wait until the end of the interview to ask questions.

4. I may intentionally make you uncomfortable. Job seekers often rush to fill in awkward pauses between interview questions. Hiring managers hope that if they keep you talking, you’ll reveal more of yourself. They also may throw curve-ball questions to see how you react and to gain insight into your thought process.

Advice: Rather than rambling and potentially saying something you regret, keep your responses concise and on point. It's OK to stop and collect your ideas before you begin to speak. Don’t be too concerned if you’re stumped by a tough interview question. Showing your reasoning skills is often more important than finding the right answer.

(Read "100 Potential Interview Questions" for more advice.)

5. I'm going to ask my assistant about you. Six in ten executives surveyed by OfficeTeam said they consider their assistants' opinions important when evaluating new hires. It should go without saying, but make sure you treat everyone you meet with respect when you arrive for an interview. You never know who may be weighing in on the hiring decision.

Advice: If the administrative professional isn't busy, make polite small talk while you wait. Also, avoid irritating behaviors, such as loud cell phone conversations.

Posted by Charles Purdy on August 12, 2011 at 11:07 AM in Career Development , Interview , Resume , Salary | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

August 10, 2011

Going the Distance in Your Job Search (This Is Not a "Pep Talk"!)

IStock_000014687303Small As a job search stretches out, week upon week (and as the economy remains, shall we say, turbulent), it can be all too easy to give up -- to think, "There are no jobs out there, so why bother. There's nothing I can do to find a job."

Here at Monster, we hear this sentiment frequently from job seekers -- and we understand that many of the people giving voice to it are facing desperate times and very difficult circumstances.

But at the same time, we also know that we have more than a million jobs posted on our site at any given time -- and we talk to employers every day who are searching for people to hire.

So what's the disconnect?

Get Past "Positive Thinking"
Sure, positive thinking works -- to a point. For one thing, people with a positive, can-do attitude are more attractive to employers. But a larger reason that positive thinking works is that it inspires action.

Thinking that "it's hopeless" and that you'll "never find a job" are self-fulfilling notions -- because if you think that there's no use in trying, then you don't try.

The Secret Is Positive Doing
So that's the key: trying. Personal pep talks are helpful (and for tips on positive thinking, read "Reframe Six Career-Limiting Beliefs"), but it's also important to act.

On Twitter and Facebook, our job seekers tell us, "I've tried everything." Gently, I want to say, "Are you sure?"

Just to help you be sure, here are a few ideas: ways you can keep your job search going (as an added bonus, positive doing causes positive thinking -- and vice versa). Try one of these things when you feel as though you've "tried everything."

>> Read a book on your industry or on job-search techniques.
In a 2010 HotJobs poll, site visitors were asked, "In the past year, how many career- or professional-development books have you read (not mandated by an employer)?" For 60 percent of respondents, the answer was zero. That's a lot of job seekers who aren't keeping up on the latest job-search tactics and on developments and new ideas in their industries. Give yourself a leg up on this slacking competition.

(And after you read a book, think about reviewing it in a blog post, recommending the book to someone in your network, asking the author a question via his or her website, or hosting a seminar on it for a professional organization.)

No time for a book? What about an article or blog post?

>> Ask someone in your field or at a target employer to do a five-minute review of your resume.
You're regularly updating your resume, right -- and customizing it for each job you apply for? (For tips, read "Creative Ways to Customize Your Resume.") If so, you're already better off than most of your competition: when we ask job seekers whether they're customizing their resumes for each job they apply for, more than half say no -- and that means their resumes are far less likely to make it past front-line resume readers (human ones and digital ones).

Here's a great way to get resume advice and put yourself in someone's mind as an active job seeker: Ask for a five-minute resume review (specify "five minutes," so it feels like a do-able favor -- but many people will go above and beyond) from someone whose opinion matters (someone in your industry or at a company you want to work at). Look not only to your contacts but also to second-degree contacts. Be sure to say thank you, and add this person to your network if you can.

>> Build profiles on professional networking sites.
A majority of workers say that networking played a role in their getting hired at their current or most recent job. Whom you know matters. Make sure you're active in the online communities specific to your industry, and that you're using all the networking tools available to you -- such as Monster's BeKnown Facebook app.    

But building a profile is just the beginning -- you also have to maintain that profile. One way to do this is to add connections (think of your former colleagues, former clients, former classmates, and so on). Then spend some time each day (even if it's just a few minutes) thinking about how you can reach out to your contacts in a positive (and professional) way. Write recommendations, share information, introduce people, and so on. Don't be a spammer -- online communication is more effective when it's personal and targeted. (For more tips, read "Online Professional Networking for Beginners.")

When you need to ask a contact for a favor, the attention you've paid your network will really pay off.  

>> Look to self-improvement and self-marketing activities.
Remember, you are your own "brand" and your own "product" -- and just like a successful company, you should continuously be making improvements to both. For brand tips, read "Build Your Brand." And for more self-improvement tips, read "Fun Ways to Beef Up Your Resume."

>> Don't stop here.
There are just some ideas to get you started. If you've already done everything on this list, great -- it's definitely time to start going through the list again. If you're saying to yourself, "This stuff won't help me," you're partially right: because it won't help you if you don't try it.

Find something new to try in your job search today.

(What are your creative ideas for keeping your job search going? Share your thoughts in the Comments section.)

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Charles Purdy on August 10, 2011 at 04:39 PM in Career Development , Interview , Job Search , Networking , Resume , Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

August 04, 2011

Using Monster.com to Document Your Job Search

A job seeker recently sent us a note with a question about how he could document his job-search efforts -- people who are receiving their unemployment benefits may be asked to substantiate these efforts.

And Monster.com Product VP Matthew Mund responded with three suggestions for how a Monster.com user can keep track of the jobs he or she has applied for -- I think the third is the best:

1. The URLs for each job posting are unique -- while the job is posted, you can point to it (however, the URL expires when the post is removed).

2. Printing or emailing job posts to yourself is another way to keep track of which jobs you've applied for.

3. Your Monster.com Apply history shows which jobs you've applied for and when. (When you're signed in to Monster.com, click on Jobs: My Apply History.) Save that page as a PDF or take a screen shot of the page to document your job-application history.

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And speaking of unemployment -- "The New York Times" recently discussed the practice, of some employers, of discriminating against unemployed people. Monster is strongly against this practice, as we discuss in this blog post on MonsterThinking.

Posted by Charles Purdy on August 4, 2011 at 02:19 PM in Job Search , Resume | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

August 03, 2011

10 Unprofessional Behaviors to Avoid

51v6MZLLSXL._SL500_AA300_ In his new book "The Professional," Subroto Bagchi, the vice chairman and cofounder of MindTree Ltd. and a columnist for "Forbes India," lays out a clear-cut set of criteria that can guide the modern worker in truly and consistently professional behavior. By exploring a variety of professional dilemmas in a broad spectrum of industries, he answers some of the tough questions that workers face.

He also describes ten behaviors that are clearly unprofessional -- his "top ten markers of unprofessional conduct." If you're not sure how to respond to a situation at work, let this list be a guide for what not to do:

1. Missing a Deadline
You know how much you hate it when other people miss their deadlines to you. Bagchi says you should keep this feeling in mind when it comes to your own deadlines.

2. Failing to Be Forthright
Bagchi points out that missed deadlines -- whether due to poor estimation of how much time it will take to get a job done or due to unavoidable circumstances -- usually "announce their arrival in advance," but that people ignore warning signs (or hope the problem will solve itself.)

"If communicated proactively to the right person," Bagchi says, "most problems not only get addressed, but they can also be converted into an opportunity."

He also advises delivering bad news in person (or at least via telephone).

3. Withholding Information
Bagchi describes not disclosing conflicts of interest as one area where this is likely to happen.

4. Not Respecting Privacy of Information
"Consent should never be assumed," says Bagchi. "However close and long-standing the relationship may be, consent has to be formally sought and formally recorded each time there is a transaction."

5. Not Respecting "Need to Know"
Here, Bagchi uses the example of spouses who work and says, "It is important to avoid what is known as 'pillow talk' -- sharing official informaiton at home."

6. Plagiarizing
Bagchi outlines three steps for citing sources: "state why you have chosen to pull ... [the] information, acknowledge the source and, most important, state your own reasoned conclusion."

7. Passing the Blame
"Just as we say a poor workman blames his tools," Bagchi says, "a bad professional blames his associates."

8. Overstating Qualifications and Experience
"Unfortunately," says Bagchi, "job seekers sometimes trivialize the difference between exposure and expertise when it comes to writing resumes.... I have often received resumes of young engineers who have done just an internship of short duration in an organization, but who claimed to have designed an entire enterprise application while being there."

"While it may be easy to bluff one's way into a job or assignment, it becomes a complete loss of face at the time of execution and leaves a bad taste in everyone's mouth," he adds.

9. Frequently Changing Jobs
Of course, not all job changes are voluntary, but Bagchi objects to "mindless job changes." He says, "Failed job changes have as much to do with the individual as with the organization, and ... people who pass off the blame simply demonstrate an opportunistic mind-set."

10. Not Taking Care of Your Appearance
"Your attire must inspire credibility," says Bagchi. He adds that it should follow written (and unwritten) rules for your organization and profession, and that dressing in a way that distracts is not a good idea.

Portions excerpted from "The Professinal: Defining the New Standard of Excellence at Work," by Subroto Bagchi, by arrangement with Portfolio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc., Copyright (c) Subroto Bagchi, 2011.

Posted by Charles Purdy on August 3, 2011 at 05:27 PM in Career Development , Interview , Networking , Resume | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)