Happy Anniversary… to Us!

Dear, Readers,

Exactly one year ago, my blog “Job Talk with Anita Clew” was launched. Today, thanks to your support and loyalty, the site has grown tremendously reaching over 35,000 subscribers!

I just wanted to send a quick note to thank you for reading my blog, sharing your comments, exchanging thoughts, and expressing your opinions. I love helping people and am honored to be a resource for your employment and job search needs.  I hope you will keep posting your questions so that I may continue to offer tips and advice that will help you in the workplace.

Happy Anniversary…  and here’s to many more years to come!
Anita

Happy Thanksgiving!

Readers,

I wanted to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for visiting and contributing to my blog. I can’t tell you how wonderful it feels to provide advice, offer support, and answer your questions. Job Talk with Anita Clew has grown by leaps and bounds over the course of the year and I have YOU to thank.

I wish you and yours a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving!

Warm Regards,
Anita

Maternity Leave… What do you think?

Hey working (and expecting) moms out there!

I thought you would find the following article about maternity leave interesting: http://tradepost.selectfamily.com/index.cfm/2011/11/17/maternityleave

As an American, (despite the difficult times we face), I firmly believe we live in the best country in the world.  As a working mother of two, however… I think our nation’s rules and regulations regarding maternity leave stink!  

What do you think?
Anita

Job Seeker No-No

A reader writes…

Dear, Anita,

I like to think I am a determined, ambitious, and outgoing person. I’ll practically do anything to get a job at this point (okay not “anything,” but you know what I mean). I have applied to online job listings and have even called to follow up (thinking I’ll stand out) – despite instructions not to do so.
Nothing seems to work. What am I doing wrong?

Dear, “Ambitious,”

I know you are eager to get the job and stand out, but if an online ad specifically says not to call directly… then don’t! By doing so, you are merely showing the potential employer that you do not know how to follow directions – probably not a good first impression!

Hiring managers and recruiters are likely being contacted by hundreds, maybe even thousands, of candidates, and they do not have the time or desire to speak with every single interested person.

The best thing to do when is applying (to help you stand out) is to:

  • Have a concise, professional cover letter that addresses your interest and explains how you can contribute to the position.
  • Tailor both the cover letter and your résumé to the actual position you’re applying for. Doing so shows that you’re paying attention to the unique requirements of THIS job and not just sending the same-old generic résumé you send to every job. Believe me, hiring managers notice!
  • Carefully check for typos.
  • Make sure your contact information is accurate.
  • Do your best to tailor your résumé for the specific position.

Good luck to you!
Anita

 

Lazy Lookers

A reader writes…

Hi, Anita,

I manage my company’s website and frequently receive webmaster emails with a résumé attached. No subject line. No explanation. Nothing. It drives me crazy. What would you say to people who are clearly just throwing their résumé at the wall to see what sticks? As a hiring manager, would you even consider these “candidates?”

“Dear, Webmaster,”

My answer to you is plain and simple. NO I would NOT consider these unsolicited candidates, and I would say to these people that they should stop being so lazy. (Job seekers… I hope you are paying attention!)

No company (that I’ve heard of) would welcome a random résumé that doesn’t include some sort of introduction, salutation, or cover letter explaining its purpose – or even the job of interest. The “spray and pray” technique (in which job seekers blast their résumé at any and every website in hopes of getting a call) has no chance in my book. As most of my readers would attest, the hunt for a job requires a lot of leg work, strategy, practice, and determination. While I realize people are desperately trying to get their name out there… I am not a big fan of this approach and would be surprised if any hiring manager actually took such résumés seriously.

Maybe I stand alone on this one.

Hiring Managers / Supervisors / Recruiters… how do you feel about receiving résumés on your website (sent to the generic “webmaster” email address) without a subject line or any explanation whatsoever?

Look forward to hearing from you!
Anita

Boss Personality Types

A reader writes…

Anita,
My direct supervisor (whom I worked with for over 6 years) just retired. While I’m happy for her, I am feeling uneasy about the new guy taking over her role. She was super easygoing and personable – the complete OPPOSITE of the new management style that’s about to begin. What are some tips on being able to read people and adapt to different personalities?

Dear, “Chameleon,”

It’s a fact of life that people are different and, as people, we need to know how to adapt and adjust to one another. For some, it’s all about being personable and touchy-feely about stuff. For others, it’s all about the facts and no-nonsense. Though it seems you had a great working relationship with your previous boss, there’s a good chance that you’ll be just fine with this newcomer. Remember, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Give your new supervisor a chance to settle into his role, become more acquainted, and establish himself… so you can accurately “read him” and adjust your approach and working relationship accordingly.

Here’s an interesting article I found on Monster.com that addresses “How to Deal with Five Boss Personality Types:” http://career-advice.monster.com/in-the-office/workplace-issues/boss-personality-types-hot-jobs/article.aspx?WT.mc_n=yta_fpt_article_5_boss_types. Do you see your new boss in any of these characters?

Readers, what type of boss do you work with? Any good stories to share from past jobs?
Please post your thoughts and comments here!

Anita  

Disclaimer

Anita Clew's blog posts are intended for general guidance and should never be taken as legal advice. In all instances where harassment, inequity, or unfair treatment is believed to be present, please consult your HR Department or legal representation.
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