Your First Job Interview
by Debra Wheatman - Jun, 2012
If you are nervous about your first job interview, you are not alone. Nervousness is a natural reaction to a new situation involving something that is important to you. If you are able to take control of the situation, you will feel more at ease and you will increase your chances of success. Follow these tips and you will feel better and perform better! Prepare Research the company. Being well-informed shows that yo...
The Fox OFCCP Report
by John Fox, Esq. - Jun, 2012
June 2012 What happens if the Batter steals first base? At the risk of igniting explosive Blog threads written by those who despise sports analogies in ANY context, or setting off counter-Bloggers who insist on using ONLY football analogies, the perplexing question of what to do if a batter in baseball just up and steals first base is now arising often in the context of OFCCP audits....
An Insider's View of Negotiation with OFCCP
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. - Jun, 2012
Most OFCCP allegations are resolved through negotiation. Negotiations at the agency level usually end in a signed conciliation agreement. The purpose of this article is to walk you through the negotiation process in case you find yourself considering this option for resolving matters with OFCCP. Why conciliate? You agree with OFCCP that you are in violation of the law. [Rare to get such a concession. Some technical viola...
What to Expect During an OFCCP Audit?
by Julia Mendez, PHR, CELS - Jun, 2012
With compliance evaluations of federal contractors and subcontractors nearing 5,000 per fiscal year in the last several years, it's likely that one of your locations will receive a compliance review notice sooner rather than later. All federal contractors and subcontractors should be well prepared for an audit notice. Being caught off guard if the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) knocks on your door could...
Reflections about Testifying Before the Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
by Alissa Horvitz - Jun, 2012
On April 18, 2012, I had the honor of testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions about various OFCCP-related issues. I have to say that it was one of the highlights of my career so far. It was a lot of work to prepare for the hearing, but I would gladly do it again, if invited. The genesis for my testimony began in February 2012 when the U.S. Chamber of C...
Resume Trends: Modernizing Your Resume
by Georgia Adamson - Jun, 2012
Recently I participated in a teleseminar titled “Modernizing Your Resumes and Cover Letters,” presented by the Resume Writing Academy and Career Thought Leaders Consortium. This seminar gave me a lot of food for thought, including the fact that change has been happening so rapidly, it’s hard to keep up! Among other things, this means you can’t keep using your old resume indefinitely. If you haven’t updated it within the past y...
Creating a Fresh Resume for a Job With Your Current Employer
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2012
Thinking about applying for a job with your current employer? Many employees consider doing the same thing every year in hopes of being promoted internally. Of course, in most cases, employees are required to start the application process all over again. This can feel intimidating but actually isn’t a bad thing at all. By starting over, you have a chance to review your current skills and accomplishments and improve your re...
I Just Got Hired for a Role that Never Existed
by Nimish Thakkar - Jun, 2012
The Hidden Job Market refers to over 75% job openings that are never advertised. Yes, the employment ads (online and offline) account for just a small fraction of openings that actually exist. As a career coach and resume writer, I have observed that most of these jobs are filled through networking and other internal channels that job seekers rarely care to exploit. The Hidden Job Market is powerful, but the strategy that I...
ATS software is screening your resume! 5 resources to get noticed
by Sharon Cohen - Jun, 2012
Is your resume getting the attention it deserves? Ever wonder what happens when you apply online? Ever try to apply to a job for which you are qualified, only to be blocked by the software? Wonder if the keywords in your resume are the “hot” keywords for your industry? If you answered yes, to any of these questions, you need to learn about ATS software. Each time you submit a resume online, chances are that A...
How to figure out your skills
by Miriam Salpeter - Jun, 2012
“To thine own self be true.” It’s more than just a line from Shakespeare! Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone who worked had the luxury of spending their work hours doing something that they enjoyed and was true to their values and skills? If you are considering a new career, have you done any thinking about how that career intersects with who you are (or want to be)? Focusing your your values is one way to help direct your se...
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