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How to Avoid Online Job Posting Identity Fraud

Over the past year or so, it has been reported that identity thieves have placed fraudulent job postings to trick job seekers into giving out personal information. Once a candidate has placed his/her personal information online, the fictitious company would contact the job seeker(s) and ask for personal information such as Social Security Number and bank account information, supposedly for the human resources department. Monster.com has provided some information below on how not to fall victim to this type of fraud.
Practice Management

Survey: The Keys to Happiness at Work? Flexibility

Giving employees something to smile about at the office may be as simple as offering them more control over their time, a recent survey suggests. One-third (33 percent) of workers polled said greater schedule flexibility would result in increased job satisfaction.The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in highly skilled administrative professionals.
Community News

Former PwC Consulting Hirees Win Class Action Suit

PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting has reached a financial settlement with 273 consultants who were hired but not employed by the consulting firm.The settlement came as a result of a class action suit filed in Washington D.C. Superior Court last fall. Megan Secrest, lead plaintiff in the case, was hired by the Washington D.C. office of PwC in 2001. After moving to D.C. she was informed there was no job. She received no compensation from PwC, not even her $7,000 signing bonus that was part of the employment contract.Ms.

Win Your Next Job With Three Essential Interview Skills

With competition for good jobs at an all-time high, candidates who conduct their job search as a sales campaign consistently win out over those who don’t. When job seekers practice the skills of sales experts they learn to apply the strategies of a sales presentation to their job interviews. To get to the top of the candidate list, you’ll need these three essential sales skills:Pre-interview preparationFinding and using the interviewer’s “Hot Buttons”Closing on the next step of the interview process1.
Practice Management

Resolving Personality Conflicts at Work

How do you handle conflict in the workplace? Most of us do not deal with it very effectively - if we even deal with it at all.Maintaining relationships is key to resolving conflict, so if a situation is thought to be unfixable, the best advice given by experts is to figure out a way to 'remix' the situation so the two parties look at the situation differently.Here are a few tips for consideration. Think before acting.

Getting Beyond the Screener and Into The Interview

By, Deborah Walker, CCMCI had an interesting conversation a while back with a hiring manager who made a comment about the surprising number of resumes she gets from people seemingly overqualified or from unrelated industries. Most of the resumes she tosses aside with disinterest. I share her comments in case you fit the profile of candidate she mentioned. If so, there are steps to take to make certain your resume is seriously considered when applying for position outside your industry or for which you are overqualified.Address the issue in your cover letter.
Community News

E&Y Makes Top 100 List of Best Places to Work for IT Pros

Computerworld magazine has published its 10th annual list of the 100 Best Places to Work for IT professionals, and Big Four firm Ernst & Young has made the cut.Computerworld ranks companies based on responses to a 100-question survey that includes information about average salary and bonus increases, percentage of IT staff promoted, IT staff turnover rates, training and development, and percentage of women and minorities in IT staff and management positions.
Practice

Tips on Recruiting Top Employees

If you have ever hired an employee who made a remarkable first impression but turned out to be a poor team player, you are not alone.Geoff Smart, president of G.H. Smart & Company, a Chicago-based consulting firm that uses its expertise in human behavior to help clients hire quality employees, provides the following recruitment tips.Narrow your selection of recruits during the resume examination process. Look for accomplishments that stand out on each resume.
A&A

Survey: Small Businesses Not Offering Employee Retirement Plans

If you are planning to get by in your golden years on your company-sponsored retirement plan proceeds, make sure you are working for a large company.
Education & Careers

College Grads Facing Tough Job Market

The bleak economy is putting a damper on graduation day for many college seniors across the country as they face the most daunting job market in recent history. Add the influx of new college grads to the ranks of unemployed workers and soon 9 million people will be competing for 3 million jobs.In addition to fewer available jobs, starting salaries are lower this year, with technical job offers down nearly 8 percent over what last year’s graduates were offered, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Education & Careers

Robert Half Int'l to Offer Free Professional Development to Candidates

Robert Half International Inc. (RHI), a provider of accounting and finance professionals to business, has signed an agreement making it the only staffing firm to offer the Microsoft Office Specialist Program to temporary professionals and job candidates. RHI will deliver the program free to its registered candidates at all of its North American offices.Through a strategic business alliance with the Microsoft Office Specialist Program, RHI will offer registered job candidates the opportunity to earn Microsoft Office Specialist certifications in Word and Excel.
Education & Careers

The Significance of New Employee Orientation Programs

We are all aware of the implications of poor hiring decisions. They can cost the company time and money, and they can result in low employee morale. One basic step to ensuring that new hires get off to a positive start is to conduct an effective employee orientation program. Employees who are properly trained and introduced to the company early feel better about their choice of employer and usually fit in more quickly.
Education & Careers

Accounting Camps Teach Students Real-Life Skills

This summer young people from all over the United States will participate in a variety of programs to help prepare the next generation of accountants for success in the business world. Many high school and college students will forego hanging out at the beach to spend time at accounting camp, where they’ll get a chance to meet accounting professionals and learn about jobs in the accounting field.

A Refresher Course in Online Job Posting

By, Sarah Self of CareerBank.comBy now, most employers have dabbled in, if not devoted a significant amount of time and money, to online job boards for their recruiting program. When the Internet was first starting to see the dawn of online recruiting-more than 5 years ago - there were pretty basic guidelines to follow if you wanted your job posting to be successful. Include keywords. Check your spelling. Don't forget to include some indication of the salary range.But just as the workplace has evolved over the last decade, online recruiting has done the same.
Education & Careers

Job Offers, Salaries up For Accounting Grads

This year’s crop of accounting graduates is faring well in an otherwise lackluster job market. Unlike graduates in information science or engineering, most business administration majors are receiving starting salaries higher than last year, according to a recent salary survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a Bethlehem, PA-based organization that provides information to college career services practitioners and human resource professionals.

On-the-Job Perks Are Still Out There

The job market continues to be tough, but there are pockets of areas where employers are getting creative with perks to keep their best employees and attract new ones.With job openings predicted to outstrip available workers by as much as 10 million in seven years, some employers are laying on the perks now to bolster their reputations as top-notch employers later.Everything from pet medical benefits to napping rooms to office concierge services, companies are getting creative in their attempts
Education & Careers

'Certified MBA' Designation Exam Set to Launch May 5

Whether it is "XYZ," "Cognitors" or "Certified Masters of Business Administration," a move is afoot to create a new designation that distinguishes "experts" from the pack of graduate level and professional level business persons.Testing will begin on May 5, 2003 for interested MBA graduates and students wishing to earn a Certified Masters of Business Administration (CMBA) certification.

The Warning Signs of Career Disaster

By, Deborah Walker, CCMC Many of us experience recurring dreams. Mine is that I’m driving down the freeway and I can’t read the road signs until I’m right up close. By then it’s too late: I’ve missed an important exit. Fortunately, it’s just a dream. I wake up and all is fine. Unfortunately, many people have trouble reading signs—not road signs, but career warning signs.A career warning sign is any change that indicates possible career disaster that could result in finding ones place in the unemployment line.

Overcome Your Fear of Job Interviews

By, Acsys, Inc.Let's face it - job interviews can be intimidating! Answering an array of questions can make you feel like you're under a microscope. Everyone wants to impress potential employers, and knowing that this interview may be your only chance to do so, can make the experience stressful. So, how can you overcome this awkwardness and let your true potential shine through? Our advice is to just "BE!"Be Positive: The first thing you need to do is to think positively!
Education & Careers

Career Fairs—Your Shortcut to Job Interviews

By, Deborah Walker, CCMC In many cities and local communities, spring is career fair season. While these events often prove disappointing, job-seekers who understand how “work” career fairs use these events as powerful networking sessions leading to interviews with future employers. If you are considering attending a job fair soon, you’ll get more out of the event by following these three rules.Rule #1: Plan ahead.Know ahead of time which companies will attend the event. Decide which employers you are interested in contacting.

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