Human Resources Journal

Career Management: Successful Job Hunting and Succeeding on the Job

Why do companies sometimes struggle with finding qualified candidates, whereas many candidates with a great experience cannot nail a job that they seem to be qualified for? A so-called “War for talent” has been a real concern for recruiters lately.

As a matter of fact, you can see positions at some organizations being vacant for quite a long time. And it is not always just about money. Remuneration might be quite lucrative but still is not able to attract qualified candidates. Why?

Amongst other reasons, there is one that hardly has ever been given a proper attention to. Just a quick look at job requirements can shed light on the problem. continue reading…

Unfortunately (or sometimes fortunately), not everything in our life happens according to our plans and desires. Unexpected lay off is one of those unpleasant things that almost none of us feels secure against. Well, how to handle this if it happens? Of course, when everything is going just alright at work and  nothing remotely dangerous seems to happen, it is hard to make yourself think of what you are going to do should you be let go. As well as it’s almost impossible to prepare yourself for getting a bad news without being emotional. Regardless how well you think you prepared for taking it, you almost surely will be struck by it at least for the first moment. continue reading…

Supposedly, you are looking for a job and when a prospective employer or recruiter eventually reaches out to you one day, you probably will be willing to talk to them right away. Do not rush. If an interviewer suggests calling you back and scheduling an interview for a later time, take advantage of this opportunity. But be specific and quick with helping the recruiter to set up a time at both your and her/his earliest convenience. continue reading…

Most of the content of this blog covers some ideas or recommendations to those looking for a job. But at this moment we decided to address those who facilitate the hiring process i.e. recruiters and hiring managers. We’ve already made this attempt in our earlier article “Who Benefits from Interview Tips”. After all, the success of the interview depends not only on a candidate’s performance in it, but, to a certain extend, on an interviewer’s skills and ability to get out of the conversation as much as possible, keeping within legal and ethical bounds. continue reading…

Consider recruiters as your business partners in a very serious project – job search. Being treated this way they would feel more respectable and therefore may be helpful.

Be honest with them and speak openly about any concerns you may have regarding a potential job opportunity, so that they could help you. Of course, it depends on how professional your recruiter is. A professional recruiter always appreciates integrity of their candidates, which helps them coordinate their work properly and find the right fit. continue reading…

You may have different reasons for leaving your current job. Ether you are being let go or resigning at your own will, it is crucial to handle this situation highly professionally. Why? Just for one reason, at least – your future employer inevitably will want to talk to your previous manager about your performance.

Latest studies revealed that a reference check is not always a good predictor of a candidate’s future performance though. Some more radical HR professionals even consider a reference check as an anachronism. And there is an obvious reason behind this critical statement – your future employer knows neither you as a candidate nor your references but, nevertheless, tries to make their decision on what absolute strangers would tell about you. continue reading…

There are no specific terms of how long the probationary period may last. It might take from 3 to 12 months, depending on the position, type of organization or industry specifics. Regardless of this, the goal for someone going through a probationary period remains always the same – to survive in the new job. Even if you managed to survive the probationary period, you should not put down your efforts any further. Remember that you remain a novice for at least one year or more. Anything could happen in the organization and the last person who joined it would be the first to go. continue reading…

There may be different reasons for employment termination. However, be it an employee’s poor performance, staff reduction, а function elimination or anything else, the process of dismissal must be backed up by sound justification and professionally conducted. We wish you will never have to use our advice. But, if you happen to be fired for poor performance, make sure that your employer presents to you all evidence of your poor performance: continue reading…

Regretfully, no one can feel secured against the situation when your employer once says to you that the company requires your service no longer. Many reasons might cause this decision. And if it is almost impossible to prevent a situation like this, you’d probably be interested in what the reason was and how to deal with it.

Trying not to show any emotional disturbance, attempt to find out if: continue reading…

If it’s time for you now to consider a new job opportunity – whatever reason there might be – you need to remember three main things that comprise this process:

First, willingness to do the job. That is the foremost thing that instigates any new job search. continue reading…

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