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03/01/14
Watch-outs 53. Careers, interviews and jobs; Using Linkedin; 401K Trends
Filed under: Position Searching, Networking, Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 8:44 am

A career is a process (not an outcome) with many
transactions.  You are the CEO of ME, Inc. as Reid
Hoffman wrote
.  Your job is to learn your strengths,
develop an ability to articulate your value so that
others will understand and appreciate you and your
contributions.  Test scores from college entrance
exams are again being sought at a time when there might
be an oversupply of candidates.

New trends in when an employees 401K match is
paid out can provide a difference when comparing
compensation.

The “pull” marketing of our job hunt strategy is
continuously influenced by tactics in using Linkedin.

TEST SCORES IN JOB INTERVIEWS
SOURCE:  WSJ 2-26-14, p. B1
M. Korn, “Job Hunt?  Dig up those SAT Scores
The author writes about a recurring trend to include
an applicant’s SAT test results as a factor in the evaluation.
SAT scores provide a short term assessment, valid or
not, of a person’s  preparation and prediction of
success in the first year of college.  So many things
have evolved in the SAT tests so it might be hard to
compare 1970s vs. 2013s results.  A person’s track
record of results and objective references of what
they actually do on the job should be most relevant.

It should be a signal to interviewees if this occurs
as article comments point out.

401K MATCHING FUNDS TIMING DELAYED
SOURCE:  A. Sklover, 2-21-14
Did you know that…
A. Sklover pointed out a recent bump in the trend for
employers to hold on to longer term savings for
employees.  First it was replacing formal pensions with
401K matched at the time of contribution.  Now, the
matching is happening at the end of the calendar year.
Thus, account balances will be lower throughout the
year.  And, should an employee leave or be asked to
leave earlier, they do not receive the match.

Al provides six checks for employees to consider.

LINKEDIN JOB HUNTING TACTICS
SOURCE:  L. Garver CareerHub BLOG 2-23-14
Linkedin Confusion or Conquest
Things you typically will not hear at a workshop
are offered:
Your homepage:  complete it, scan for valuable
resources, consider “liking” to significant items
Apply for positions daily;  don’t miss Monday
Premium service:  “feature my application,”
explore using “A vs. B testing” various options,
keywords.
Participation:  initiate discussions in primary and
secondary groups, visit and become knowledgeable
in topical areas, reconnect with network, follow
up and comment to contributions important to you.

                             

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