Saturday, March 14, 2020
Monday, March 9, 2020
MakingTime A Day in the Life of a Working Mom Whos CEO of One Company, EVP of Another Women can do anything but not everything. As the largest online career community for women, we at Fairygodboss realize that balance is a myth, and that picking what to prioritize when everything feels important on a day-to-day basis isnt always easy. In the MakingTime series, women share with us how, for one day, they chose to spend their most precious resurce time.--Who Rachel StewartWhat Author of Unqualified Success, Executive Vice President of Titan Restoration, Co-founder and CEO of Xcelerate SoftwareWhere Mesa, Arizona--520 a.m.Alarm goes off. I spend a few minutes thinking about the upcoming day and mentally preparing. I like laying in bed for a few minutes before having to start the day.530 a.m.Check emails, respond to texts, mentally review notes for the company meeting. Ive made it a goal this year to improve the effectiveness of all meetings and this takes a lot of prior preparation and energy but has resulted in a far more engaged team. Worth the effortRachel Stewart with her book, Unqualified Success610 a.m.Jump in shower and quickly blow-dry hair.630 a.m.Conference call with Xcelerate Software Team to discuss new screen designs, upcoming feature releases, and other software integrations. I do my makeup while Im on the conference call. 720 a.m.My daughter comes in to ask if swim team starts today. Yep And I totally spaced on it somehow it didnt make it on the calendar. I text our nanny to landsee if she can come early and drop her off. Even when I try to be on top of things, I seem to always be scrambling. Flexibility has become one of my superpowers735 a.m.Out the door for work. I love my short commute745 a.m.Get computer hooked up and everything prepared.755 a.m.I quickly upload a video to LinkedIn from content that was already created. 8 a.m.Time for the company meeting with 50+ employees. It takes a minute to get peoples energy up Company meetings following a Monday holiday arent great for interaction. The agenda for this meeting includes welcoming five new employees discussion of company detailed vision (this has been a game changer for us) discussion about industry happenings and the effect on our geschftlicher umgang discussion about differentiators and how to maximize our advantages and mitigate our challenges discussion on the customer experience update the company on new general manager hiring search (this hire will give me the ability to move into an Executive Vice President role, giving me time to move forward with acquisitions in other markets, launch the job management software, and promote my new book, Unqualified Success) celebrate work anniversaries and birthdays. 850 a.m.Meet with my public relations coordinator to discuss different avenues for promoting the book. She gives me a list of media requests that I need to complete and articles that she needs written. I add it to my growing to-do list. 9 a.m.We get on the phone with Warren Cohn and his company Herald PR, the best in the business when it comes to PR. He helps us devise a social media ad campaign that we will start running in a few weeks to promote Unqualified Success.920 a.m.Impromptu strategy meeting with my executive team to discuss angle of an upcoming opportunity.955 a.m.Respond to a dozen candidates for the Director of Sales Position on next steps in the application process (our recruiter and HR director is on vacation for the next several weeks).1010 a.m.Meeting with Xcelerate Staff to discuss new features. The big question in the room was how to avoid scope creep and what was the main job to be done with the new feature. Does scheduling/calendaring need to be designed into the new feature? Where is scheduling on our road map? Can we complete the module without addressing the scheduling/calendar feature? We saw new prototypes of module and also discussed an open sales position and possible candidates. We really needed someone in this role yesterday but arent going to make a hasty hire. 11 a.m.Conference call with producers of a television show that want to do a feature on the disaster restoration industry and would like to highlight us. We discuss expectations, timelines, and requirements. Well need to take this back to the team to make a decision about the feasibility. They want to shoot during our busiest time of the year. Great exposure, so we will try to make it happen1210 p.m.I run and grab lunch and bring it back to the office to work during lunch. ur line of credit is up for renewal and the bank needs some documents. 1 p.m.Conference call with recruiter to discuss the general manager candidates and game plan on the next steps. We have narrowed it down to two candidates and I need to dig further into both to make sure they would be a good culture fit and what the organization needs right now. Scheduled follow-up interview times.130 p.m.Email and phone call catch-up. 220 p.m.Call with team member to game pl an for important meeting tomorrow with Healthcare Executive. We have been working hard to get this account and want to make sure we are on the same page before tomorrow.240 p.m.Employee asked if he could meet with me. He wants some career advice that doesnt pertain to his managers scope. I try to be careful about this I want to be as accessible to the entire organization as possible but dont want to undermine any managers ability to lead or create bottlenecks.330 p.m.Reviewed and responded to emails sent by my management team regarding their teams KPIs. 350 p.m.Checked my LinkedIn and responded to people who commented on the post.4 p.m.Sent off skills matrix to two new members of my executive team with instructions on how to self-evaluate and times for upcoming coaching sessions. Spent time to evaluate both of them.420 p.m.Worked on completing some of the to-dos on my list. I didnt even get started on the list my PR coordinator gave me.450 p.m.Called my dad back and made some commit ments I have no idea how I will keep. He needs help on some business projects. Maybe I will have some time on the tuch in a few days because I really want to make time to help him. 5 p.m.Finished filling out and signing my daughters club soccer forms. Left to go grab her and drive to the soccer parent meeting and practice. Called my husband on the way to check in and make sure we were on the same page with all the kids activities. Dinner will be dropped off at 6. (One of the biggest stress relievers on me has been finding someone to do meal prep and delivery three nights a week).530 p.m.Dictated some email messages to my lovely assistant (a.k.a. daughter) about an upcoming out-of-town church youth event that I am on the committee for. That happens in three days, and my husband and I are in charge of all the speakers. The venue has changed rooms on us and so we need to scramble a little bit. 550 p.m.Call my nanny and make sure she knows all the details for my youngest two children fo r while were out of town for the youth conference. 6 p.m.Attended a soccer parent meeting and found someone close to us to carpool for the season. Major victory Also made a note to calendar in more consistent driving sessions with my daughter. She gets her license in two months and we are woefully unprepared. How did time go so fast? 710 p.m.Called back a friend while waiting for soccer practice to finish up. Waffle between enjoying the time to catch up and feeling guilty that I am not working on some of these looming to-dos. Did I mention I havent prepared for the 45 minute class I am supposed to lead at the youth conference? 730 p.m.Add a few more items to my to-do list to be prepared for the end of the week.745 p.m.Drive home with my daughter, catch up on her life, hear the funny stories about soccer, wonder again how she got to be this old and mature this quickly.820 p.m.Finally get home, kiss my husband, change clothes, and sit down to eat dinner. Spend time with my 5 year old and then tuck him into bed.915 p.m.Check in with my other children, check my phone and respond to a few emails.945 p.m.Sit down with my husband to watch a television show. Fall asleep instantaneously. Wake up to the sound of him doing the dishes. What a gem. I need to do something nice for him. Let me add that to my to-do list.--Interested in contributing to Fairygodboss MakingTime series? Email infofairygodboss.com with MakingTime in the subject line.
Sunday, January 5, 2020
4 Steps to Take When You Dont Get Your Dream Job 4 Steps to Take When You Dont Get Your Dream JobPosted August 8, 2019, by JennyWhen youre looking for a job and lose out on the role you thought was the best fit for you, it can be difficult to deal with. When you focus on one specific dream job, not getting that job can make you feel completely lost and hopeless.A new beginning is never easy but it is necessary for a happy and successful life. After every downfall, you need to brush yourself off and abflug over. If you want to know how to get back on track after losing a job you wanted, these five steps will help you go through it.1. Find out what went wrongMaybe you didnt get the job because of your qualifications. Maybe they already had someone else in mind. Maybe you made some unforgivable interview mistakes. There are so many maybes but not one certain answer.Instead of spending hours and days trying to wrap your head around what went wrong, ask for feedback.Dont hesitate to reach out to the company that rejected you and ask them to explain their decision.According to CareerSidekick, this is how you should ask for feedbackThank them for informing you about their decision.Explain that you want to improve yourself in your job search.Ask how can you present yourself better as a candidate in future interviewsEnd the email by thanking them again for their time and telling them youd appreciate any feedback they can share.With this simple approach, youll get all the information you need to improve your application.2. Focus on your achievementsYoull probably feel discouraged to move on after the rejection. This lack of confidence can stop you from pursuing your dream career.When low self-esteem starts to overwhelm you, it is time to remember all the good things.Sit down, take a pen and a piece of paper, and write down all your successes. You can include both business and life successes.For example, your list can include highlights such asI gathered the courage to ap ply for my dream job.I was a manager at _______.Im actively pursuing my career.Be specific about what makes you proud of yourself. Looking at your achievements will remind you why you need to move forward.3. Take a second look at your resumeIn case you havent even got to the interview, the problem is obvious your resume.There is a chance that you simply werent the right fit for the job, but you should still try to analyse your resume objectively.First, look for any writing mistakes. Employers tend to disregard any resume with mistakes or errors.Then, rethink how you presented your
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
How to Make Your Vacation Last at Work (Video) - The MuseHow to Make Your Vacation Last at Work (Video) We all know that feeling we get when a well-deserved vacation is coming to an end.You waited all that time to get out of town and then just like that- poof- its over. And before you know it, youre back in the office picking up right where you left off. Its almost as if the whole thing never even happened. But heres the good news It doesnt have to be that way. You can make sure your next transition back to the real world is as pain-free as can be by watching this New York Magazine video- you may even return with a smile. Photo of man relaxing on vacation courtesy of Paul Bradbury/Getty Images.Photo of vacation couple courtesy of Shutterstock.
Thursday, December 26, 2019
How to Make a Difference Working With AmeriCorpsHow to Make a Difference Working With AmeriCorpsAmeriCorps is often called the domestic Peace Corps. Both are committed to service and offer rewarding full-time opportunities.AmeriCorps is comprised of three very differentprograms and volunteers should carefully read each description before making a decision to join. One of the great benefits of being an AmeriCorps volunteer is that they offer students an opportunity to make money to pay for college or to help pay off student loans after graduation. The usual commitment ranges from 9 to 12 months, though shorter summer opportunities exist. You are trained at the start of service and receive project-specific training during the course of your work. AmeriCorps Programs AmeriCorps is comprised of a national network of hundreds of programs across the country. AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps NCCC are managed nationally. The third, AmeriCorps State and National, fund local and national o rganizations across the U.S. to recruit AmeriCorps members. Some programs require specific types ofskills, others ask for a bachelors degree or a couple years of related experience, and for some, ambition and commitment are the only requirements. Heres a rundown of the three programs AmeriCorps State and NationalAmeriCorps State and National support various local programs that disperse thousands of people to meet essential community needs covering health, public safety,education and the environment.Grants are given to a range oflocal and national organizationswho in turnto recruit, hire and oversee AmeriCorps members around the country. AmeriCorps VISTAAmeriCorps VISTA dispatches full-time workers to community organizations and public agencies. Ther mission is to develop programs that help low-income individuals and communities rise out of poverty with a focus on local solutions. AmeriCorps NCCC AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time residential program f or people ages 18-24 with assignments in five cities Denver, Sacramento, Baltimore, Vicksburg (MS) and Vinton (IA). The goal is to strengthen communities and create leaders through community service. The program partners with non-profits as well asnon-profits local, state and federal governments, national and state parks, schools, and Indian tribes. AmeriCorpsApplication Go to the My AmeriCorpsand select Search Listings to look for openings around the country. There are a variety of filters to help you target your search including summer if you want a short-term project. As of 2017, there are 210 summer assignments available across the U.S., from camps and museums to public libraries and more. The time commitment varies depending on the needs of the program. While many commitments are full-time, part-time opportunities exist and summer programs run for about three months. Requirements To be eligible for AmeriCorps State and National and AmeriCorps NCCC, you must be at least 17 years old or 16 and out of school. For AmeriCorps VISTA, you must be older than 18 there is no maximum age. If you work full-time for AmeriCorps, youll earn a modest allowance for livingand health care. Part-time positions may or may not offer a living allowance.
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Resume Trick or TreatResume Trick or TreatHeres how recruiters and hiring managers sniff out resume facts from fiction.As the days grow short, lies loom tall in the graveyard of tossed resumes. To save those job seekers who might be lured over to the dark side of spinning tales, we asked hiring managers to take some time from their crystal gazing and to share with us their divination skills. Heres what they had to tell us about how they spot the web of lies tricksters spin on their resumes.The Time WarpJillian Zavitz, programs manager for online English learning company TalktoCanada.com, said that a red flag goes up when she sees dates that dont add up or that conflict, as well as when dates reflect frequent job changes. Heres an example of a resume gap that jumped off the page1997 North Island College Ongoing Education Program, Courtenay, BCI designed and taught a 3-evening course for adult learners on genealogical research, using archive and www resources. I created lesson plans an d media to be used in my instruction.Currently (2008 to present)Pacific Gateway International College, Victoria, BC I have been employed part time as a conversation partner, assisting with verbal and written examinations. My job is to talk to students and put them at ease in order for them to demonstrate their language skills in a testing environment.The (11-year) gap couldnt be explained, Zavitz said. I was expecting either traveling or stay-at-home mom, but I got notlagehing. Maybe they were in jail. I have no idea.The Social-Media MarauderCathleen Graham, who recruits in finance and communications in specialized areas for Silver Stirrup Consulting, said its easy as pie to suss out fact from fiction by checking backgrounds on Google, LinkedIn or other social media sites. I recall one applicant who talked a great game, and in particular spoke with relish about his college experience, she said. Sadly, he was unaware my menschlich resources coordinator attended that school. It turns out he never even attended college. As a matter of practice, Graham goes beyond a candidates preordained references to seek out individuals who have worked with the individual and, on a confidential basis, asks them about their experience.The MirageThere are resumes from people who are just too good to be true. The most telltale sign is when they mention something really impressive, Zavitz said, particularly when it reflects exactly what shes looking for overseas experience (in a Middle Eastern country), experience using the companys online platform and a preference for working the graveyard shift. These people are nonexistent, she said.BraggingCareer Advice from LaddersGetting Your Resume Into the Right HandsOh no are you re-re-re-re-re-re-re-writing your resume? Again?Truth, Lies and ResumesLeonardo da Vincis resumeSome job seekers dive into a thesaurus and pepper their resume with adjectives to make them appear capable of producing more than they are actually capable of deliverin g, said David Muir Jr., founder of the Prepare To Be Hired program. Others flat-out lie, like the applicants who graduate from a four-year degree program and become a CEO or vice-president in two to five years. Does that seem off? Muir asked. It does for many employers, and I know in my experience I will quickly disregard candidates whose resumes dont make sense. He suggested that job seekers explain their expertise in plain, simple terms, using the language appropriate to their industry. And tell the truth.The Google GhostIf youre going to claim something bright and shiny, and you know its not true, dont dare them to investigate the assertation. Zavitz gave this example from a resume My primary job overseas was teaching English for seven years and I am still currently a teacher online for one of the largest online English and business tutoring companies in Taiwan. If you were to Google my name you would find that I am rated from feedback from the students 4 out of approximately 250 consultants worldwide. When Zavitz Googled him, however, he didnt show up at all.Brrrr. Spooky.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Customize this Outstanding Sample Junior Recruiter Resume SampleCustomize this Outstanding Sample Junior Recruiter Resume SampleCreate Resume OBJECTIVE Seeking a challenging contract recruiting assignment, either short or long-term. RELOCATE GA EMPLOYMENT HISTORY Benchmark Brands Norcross, GA Contract November 2005 present Sourcing SpecialistResponsible for posting jobs on jobvertise.com, cooljobsites.com, creativehotlist.com, Monster.com, Computerjobs.com, craigslist.com and other free job posting websites. Internet sourcing with numerous recruiting sites.Source candidates, present to hiring manager, conduct phone interview, schedule interview (MS Outlook), and administer testing procedures for all qualified candidates.Source and screen qualified candidates for Online E-Retailing Merchandising Coordinator, Assistant Buyer, Affiliate absatzwirtschaft Manager, SEO/SEM Manager and E-Mail Marketing Manager. Able to communicate with candidates at all levels.Source, screen and interv iew candidates for exempt and non-exempt positions.Prepare weekly open position status report in Excel format. Maintain an applicant flow and hire log for all open positions.Create and process rejection letters for phone screened and interviewed candidates. Scientific Games Alpharetta, GA Contract June 2005 October 2005 Sourcing Specialist/JR. RecruiterResponsible for posting jobs on Monster.com, Hotjobs.com, Computerjobs.com, and JustTechJobs.com using HTML.Create, maintain, and present pipelines of applicable candidates to Senior Recruiters responsible for specific requisitionsSource and screen qualified candidates for various positions including, Call Center Representative, Marketing Administrative Assistant, HR Administrative Assistant, Project Coordinator, Business Analyst, Web developer, Technical Writer, Documentation Writer, C++ developer (Entry level, Jr. and Sr.), Electrical Mechanical Engineers, Project Managers, Regional Director of Sales, Embedded Engineer and Softw are Developers.Responsible for permanent placement of three candidates for Call Center within first two weeks of assignment.Directly responsible for placement of candidates selected to fill HR Administrative Assistant, Benefits Analyst and Compensation Analyst positions.Develop and maintain relationships with local colleges and associations, to ensure a consistent process that result in generating a qualified, diverse talent pool. Participate in local career job fairs.Process, review, and analyze internal authorization to hire documents in preparing a weekly report identifying all open positions. Victorias Secret / Limited Brands Atlanta, GA 3 month contract with Hewitt Assoc. February 2005 April 2005 Internet RecruiterResponsible for identifying and pre-screening candidates to fill over 95 open requisitions for Financial Analysts, Senior Financial Analysts, Financial Analysis Managers, Merchandise Planners, Space Planners, Testers, and Replenishment/Allocation Analysts.Responsib le for building a candidate database of over 6,000 national leads.Identified viable candidates using a variety of creative approaches, including online job boards, targeted Internet searches, alumni listings, professional association websites, cold calling, general Google searches and professional networking.Utilized Taleo / Recruitsoft and Salesforce.com to manage candidate volume.Expert in building detailed queries utilizing job boards Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com, HotJobs.com, and 6Figure.com. UPS 1990 2004 Gerri Meeks Sr. Accounting Associate (2001-2004) Southeast RegionResponsible for reconciling payroll and fixed asset accounts for the Southeast Region.Provide management with an accurate and detailed monthly reconciliation identifying all activities that affected respective general ledger balances.Performed monthly internal self audits. Utilized effective problem solving skills within team structured environment.Instrumental in identifying a 2 million dollar accrual calcula tion error. Internal Account Executive (1997 2001) Business DevelopmentInside sales representative responsible for effectively communicating the organizations policy and procedures to prospective clients.Served as liaison between the customer and the National Complaints Department.Responsible for maintaining 85 accounts. Contacted existing clients regarding their account and provided direct customer care.Organized department employee concerns survey to help increase employee moral and participation level.Assist external sales staff with customer concerns and issues. Billing Associate (1994 1997)CWT Specialist Core member of the CWT billing department for the Georgia District.Instrumental in effectively communicating the importance of the customer presenting accurate billing documentation.Accomplishment included effectively retrieving missing manifest from customers who improperly misused billing invoice. Customer tafelgeschirr Representative (1990 1994) Call CenterResponsible for receiving inbound customer service inquiries. Some duties included order entry, direction verification, claim processing, and complaint documentation.Developed troubleshooting and problem solving skills.Continuously increased knowledge of the organizations history to improve performance.Educated and trained new employees of the goals and objectives of the customer service function. Dispatch customer information to the drivers to ensure pickup schedules. JC Penney November 1997 to November 1998 Receptionist Salon Greet, answer and schedule appointments for salon clients. Educate customers on proper use of hair products. Operate cash register and perform nightly close-out procedures. RAINING Recruiting Essential 2005 Sourcing Strategies Seminar/Workshop Eric Jaquith Skills Recruiting skills Direct sourcing, name-lead generation, initial contact, scheduling and pre-screening of candidates. Computer skills Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Outlook, Lotus Notes a nd Oracle. Additional skills Strong organizational, written communication skills. Professional telephone and e-mail communication skills. Independent and detail oriented. Able to handle multiple tasks while meeting department deadlines and maintain a customer oriented focus. EDUCATION Bachelor of Science in Business Management May 2004 Shorter College Marietta, GA Associate of Business Education June 1994 DeKalb College Panthersville, GA ACHIEVMENTS Volunteer United Way Big Brother Big Sister Program Volunteer Thurgood Marshall Junior Achievement Program Volunteer Hands on Atlanta Program Volunteer Special Olympics Volunteer Kids R Special Learning CenterCustomize Resume