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Managers Say Thank-You Letters are Essential

Managers Say Thank-You Letters are Essential:

70% said e-mailing thank-you notes was appropriate, especially to acknowledge a small gift or gesture (Recent survey by the Emily Post Institute).
Thank-you notes are mandatory and expected in some situations. A survey in August 2005 by CareerBuilder.com found that:

Nearly 15 percent of hiring managers would reject a job candidate who neglected to send a thank-you letter after the interview
32 percent said they would still consider the thankless prospect but that their opinion of him or her would diminish
Nearly a quarter (23 percent) of managers prefer handwritten thank-yous
21 percent seek a typed hard copy
19 percent want e-mailed thank-yous followed up with a snail-mailed letter
Source: www.writeexpress.com

CareerBuilder.Com Launches Resume-Matching Engine

CareerBuilder.com is streamlining the hiring process for subscribers to its database of 19 million resumes with a new matching engine.

The technology automatically locates resumes that best match another resume, an uploaded document or a job posting, providing faster access to more relevant candidates.

The R2 (Recommended Resumes) matching engine is a patent-pending technology that allows employers three options to zero in on the most relevant resumes for their open positions.

Read the entire article at http://www.wpsmag.com/newscenter/newsdisplay.asp?id=5997

For more information: http://www.careerbuilder.com

Starting Smarter

Entry-level employees offer tips on what employers are looking for.

People who are:

• results-driven
• passionate and enthusiastic about learning
• flexible and open-minded
• able to work independently and effectively without the need for micromanagement
• open to new ideas
• able to concentrate
• able to multitask

People who:
• ask questions and enjoy challenge
• come early and stay late
• want to excel—people who are willing to take leadership

Source: Business Week – October 31, 2006 – Careers Section

Recommending HR as a Career

A recent poll carried out by Workforce Management asked the question:

Would you recommend HR as a career path?

The results are as follows:

28%: Yes. Despite some drawbacks, HR and workforce management in general are a great path for someone embarking on a career in business or a seasoned professional changing career paths

15%: No. HR and workforce management is often maligned by the rank and file and not taken seriously in the C-suite. The hassles aren’t worth it.

57%: Maybe. Depends on the person. HR isn’t for everyone.

Total respondents: 444

Source: Workforce Management

Women Coached Less Often Than Men

Novations Group, a global consulting and training organization based in Boston, surveyed more than 3,000 senior human resources professionals on the coaching provided by their organization.

Of those companies that give such support, one-fifth provide it to women at a lower rate than their share of the organization’s workforce.

Nevertheless, a large majority of employers who offer coaching provide it at a rate in proportion to women’s presence in the organization’s workforce.

Although progress has been made, many women still don’t have access to coaching, and this deprives them of equal career opportunity, said Novations Senior Consultant Deborah Felton.

Read the full story at http://www.wpsmag.com/newscenter/newsdisplay.asp?id=5793

Featured in WE Magazine for Women

WE magazine for women may well be the first international Digital business magazine focusing on the total women. In addition to women who want to learn more about doing business on and off the WEB, WE’s audience consists of women who want to explore great destinations, improve their outlook on life, learn quick and easy ways to get and stay healthy, find out about the latest technology gadgets and information, get some networking tips, become inspired as they read about women making a difference in the world and even ideas for great entertaining and socializing. WE magazine for women made it debut last with its fall issue. See my story on Page 65.

To read the Inaugural issue of WE visit: http://www.wecai.org/we%20magazine.pdf. We magazine for women is published by WUN Publications, Inc. a publishing firm whose focus is on publications by, for and about women. To contact the publisher, write Heidi Richards at 10890 SW 27 Court, Davie FL 33328, call her at 1-877-WISDOM7 (947-3667) or visit her website: www.heidirichards.com

Greater Toronto’s Top 50 Employers

Want to know who Toronto’s Top 50 Employers are? Get a copy of the October 14, edition of the Toronto Star, Section D5-D11. If you are a job seeker, you will need this information to help you determine which companies you need to target.

According to the Star, every year, Toronto Mediacorp examines the recruitment practises of more than 60,000 employers across Canada to create its Top 100 list of employers. For its 2007 edition Mediacorp also used its proprietary process to determine the Top 50 employers in the Greater Toronto Area. The organizations were grade on seven factors:

**Physical Workplace
**Work and Social Atmosphere
**Employee Communications
**Health, Financial and Family Benefits
**Vacation Allowance and Time Off
**Performance Management
**Training and Skills Development

The companies are also evaluated on their Community involvement and charitable efforts.

Source: Toronto Star, October 14, 2006, Section D.

Set SMART Goals in 2006, Don’t Make Resolutions

Let 2006 be the year you set SMART goals instead of make resolutions. Resolutions, in my opinion, are fleeting, transitory, short-lived. Goals, on the other hand, seem real; things that I can touch and feel. As a result, I favour setting goals instead of making resolutions.

Most people are familiar with the SMART approach to goal setting, meaning goals should be:

S-pecific

M
-easurable

A-chievable

R-ealistic

T-imely

In addition to the above, I am suggesting another approach:

S-erious. Be serious and committed to your goals. Don’t just say “I need to get a new job”, then sit around waiting for the job to fall in your lap. Think of the steps you need to take to make it a reality.

M-ake it happen. Write down your goal(s)and make it happen. Only you have the power to make your goals and dreams happen. Others can help, but you have the final say.

A-ction. Take some action. There’s no point in writing down your goals if you are not prepared to take action.

R-each out for help. If you cannot do it by yourself, reach out for assistance from family, friends, coworkers or associates.

T-ake T-ime. Take the time to reward yourself for each step you have taken towards your goal. Those tiny rewards will serve as motivators for you to keep on going.

So, let 2006 be the year you set SMART Goals and watch them come to pass.

A Happy and Prosperous New Year from The Wright Career Solution, the company that noves your career forward…one step at a time!

Daisy

The ABCs of Networking…You Can’t Excel Without Them!

It is said that Bill Gates’ rise to the top may have resulted from an act of networking. Apparently his mother sat on the same Board of Directors as an IBM president, and that contact led to IBM purchasing the MS DOS operating system from Bill. Think about that! As timeworn as the word networking is, it is through this process that approximately 65% to 80% of available jobs or opportunities are discovered. Networking opens the doors to the hidden job market, and if you’ve not learned this art, many opportunities may be passing you by. Here is my ABC list of networking tips that I have put together to help you move your career forward.

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Reference & Background Checks…What you Need to Know

I participated in a webinar hosted by an international HR company in July. The reference checking section is partially summarized here and is for the reader’s general information only.

Reference and Background Checks

Employers are finding out that it costs them thousands of dollars when they make a wrong hire, so they are conducting thorough background and reference checks more often these days. Candidates, on the other hand, must be aware that these checks are going to be done, and must give their permission. They should also be advised that they’ll be dismissed if it is found out that they have given false information.

Reference Checks are conducted to confirm what’s outlined in one’s resume and what was discussed during the interview, but also for verification of dates, positions, titles, and responsibilities.

Background Checks are performed to validate education and other credentials; the number of years studied and professional certification obtained.

Criminal Record Checks are done to determine if one has any prior convictions.

Credit Checks HR professionals advise that credit checks should be obtained but only if it’s a bona fide part of the job.

Media Checks are becoming very common and it’s customary for some employers to ‘google’ someone to find out if there’s any mention of the person on the Internet or in the newspapers.

Reference Letters Employers prefer to contact references directly rather than accept reference letters. If they do accept letters, they also follow up with telephone calls. This is to make sure that the person does exist, and that the candidate did not make an agreement with a friend, relative or other person to “put in a good word” on their behalf. Employers are also aware that some candidates engage the services of reference checking agencies to find out what their named references will say about them.

So, be on your guard…let the buyer beware!