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Before you Interview – Watch & Try!

Amy Cuddy’s research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions. I recommend watching this TED talk at least twice, and trying this before your next interview, difficult 1:1, job review or salary negotiation, meeting a new colleague at work, key meeting, or any other important engagement. Bring on your best!

#powerPosing @amyjccuddy

 

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Gender Stereotyping at Work (STEM) and in the Toy Aisle

Good recent articles get us wondering once again what is nature and what is nurture:

  1. How Gender Stereotyping Impacts Women in STEM”
  2. Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, and now Target are removing gender-based labels from its toy shelves.

 

Good article on 11 Startup Skills You Won’t Learn in School

Article in Inc. by Young Entrepreneur Council  @YEC

 

Ascendify’s Insider Portal – Would You Opt In To A Talent Pool?

Rather than applying directly through a job board to a specific role at a company, would you be willing introduce yourself generally to a company with your Facebook or LinkedIn profile, or your traditional resume, and invite them to contact you when they have a fit?  You are able to express your interest much more rapidly, but is there less connection or more connection going this route for you as a candidate? For context, read about Ascendify’s proposed approach and who is trying it out – http://bit.ly/1rDDBZM

Name Consistency During Your Job Search

Some people have been gifted with a beautifully intricate set of names that weave a unique, historic, personal tapestry. Family surnames, parental names, christening names, nicknames, etc., may all be part of who you are in the convention of your originating ethnicity and language. For the purposes of professional networking and applying for new jobs in the U.S., however, a complex name can be challenging for even the most motivated recruiting sleuth.

Search engines, networking sites, and widely used resume parsing systems process names differently, but always attempt to simplify a person to a first and last name. Employers interested in talking with you about your job application will additionally look for your online profiles and accounts in the attempt to differentiate you within their stack of applicants: With multiple names they will struggle to find the dots to connect you across LinkedIn, Meetup, GitHub, Facebook, and other sites which help to create a fuller picture of you. They may erroneously match the new grad LinkedIn profile to you, and rule you out of the running for a role requiring 5+ years of experience, for example.  If multiple people at one company are coordinating and conducting interviews, they may struggle to find your contact information and resume in their system fast enough to make a scheduled call to you on time.

Let’s look at this from the perspective of a recruiter or hiring manager.  Say your full name is Charles Vijayaragavan Gomez Zhao. In college they called you Charlie, and at home mom uses Vijayagaravan. Your email is Charlie.Go@gmail.com, and you sign your email message to me as “Thanks – Vijay”.  Meantime, on the resume you submitted, you put your full name in the header or footer of your resume (Charles Vijayaragavan Gomez Zhao), but the top body of your resume has “Vijay Gomez” as the primary name.  My system may have parsed you as Vijay Gomez, but more likely it picked up the header first and named you Charles Zhao.  Your email to me requesting more information does not match anyone I have in my system. If a colleague approaches me and asks if his buddy “Chuck” is scheduled for an interview, I may have no idea who he is talking about.  The time delay caused could mean we don’t get you to, or through, our interview process efficiently enough to land the job, or at all.

Don’t lose your unique identity in everyday life by changing your name altogether, and definitely teach your colleagues to pronounce your name of choice correctly once you have joined the team, but for professional records, and online profiles which factor with growing frequency into filtering and hiring decisions, make sure your name is consistent and is easy for the typical interview coordinator to find and remember. You may discover that you are much more professionally in demand than you thought, and start getting more call backs!

Well Employed, But…..HAPPY?

You are a great engineer / developer / lead / manager and are well-employed in this economic downturn. But are you HAPPILY employed? If you are a good to gifted developer, don’t settle for “employed” – people with big things to build are looking for you!!!

  • Are you underpaid?  If so, but you like your environment, team, and challenge, go ask for a raise!
  • Do you want, and are you on, a promotion track?  Is your company growing enough to provide that rapidly?
  • Are you sufficiently challenged?  Are you innovating with the most cutting-edge tools and technologies?
  • Are you constantly learning new skills?  If you are not, your market value is shrinking as time passes.
  • Are you loyal?  Ensure your company is loyal to you as well, and keeping your best interests in mind as well as theirs.
  • Do you have significant equity?  If you do not, perhaps a startup – early, mid or mature stage – or a small or mid-sized company is a good move for you now.  If your expertise is building the company, you should have a piece of the investment.
  • Are you aware of your options “out there”?

Assess your current situation, improve what you can on your current job, and talk to a recruiter like me to keep tabs on other opportunities, which skills are in the highest demand, what the market is paying, and which opportunities come with pay, benefits, AND equity.    Recruiters – or Head Hunters as the good ones LIKE to be called – have access to jobs and companies that you may never otherwise find.  There is no obligation to simply check in with us once in a while.  🙂

Working With a Team

I’ve made a new move, trading in much of my home office time for a shiny glass desk at Montgomery and Market that’s a-buzz with energy.  I’m pretty good from a home office at staying in contact with people via social media, phone, email chat, Skype, and good ol’ networking event attendance; but there’s something to be said about the synergies fostered by working in a room with your colleagues, teaming up to quickly put a special talent in place with a good team, and taking time together to sharpen your head-hunting and client personalization skills.  And to be honest, I love rising up out of the train tunnels in the morning into the skyscraper landscape with all it’s accompanying hustle, bustle, color, sound, and excitement.  Make that a double shot mocha on my way to the elevator!

So what’s in it for YOU?  My Clients will be getting even more specialized attention and quicker candidate search response.  Candidates – I have more positions opening for you daily/weekly than ever before.  Right now, I have Java, iOS, Android, and PHP jobs coming out of my ears, so let me know what you are looking for and send me an updated resume for starters.  And when you are in my part of town – let me know if you have time to meet!