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Who is the happy Warrior? Who is he That every man in arms should wish to be? (William Wordsworth, 1807) If you're at all inclined to read poetry, William Wordsworth describes in extensive detail who The Happy Warrior is. Among other things, "his high endeavours are an inward light that makes the path before him always bright." In less poetic terms, while reading through HR blogs this week I was introduced to the term Happy Warrior in … [Read more...]
Over the years, I've collected a surprisingly long list of things you can do--or not do--that can make or break an interview. I selected the ones that I think are the most important and impactful. I recommend that candidates take the time to review this list both at home as well as shortly before going into an interview. ✔ Show up on time. If you do not know for sure how long it will take to get there, better to be early and sit in … [Read more...]
I hate buying a new car. As if driving to multiple dealerships and test-driving a dozen or more vehicles isn't bad enough, I then ultimately have to agonize over choosing between my top two or three picks. Not a lot of fun for an over-analyzer like myself. Yet it seems that so much of life comes down to this process of choosing between two or three top picks—which movie to go to, which outfit to purchase, which vacation destination to go … [Read more...]
As we approach the end of another year, I once again encourage everyone to take advantage of any holiday down-time to spend a few moments updating their resume. But why would I recommend this for people who aren't even looking? Following are just a couple of real-life examples I've seen recently. Companies are more fluid now than ever. With the increasing frequency of mergers and acquisitions, it is not unusual for someone to find that their … [Read more...]
Previously, I've dealt with the topic of how to handle gaps in your employment history, but one gap that can be particularly troublesome is the one at the very top of your resume if you have been out of work for some time. No one raises an eyebrow if your last date of employment was a month ago, or maybe even two, but as each additional increment of time goes by it can be particularly challenging to mitigate the negative impression this will … [Read more...]