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Recruiters Speak: The Do’s and Dont’s of Salary Negotiation

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Maybe there are some people out there who love to negotiate pay. It certainly helps to be the employer, knowing the budget and what you are truly willing to pay. But you as the job-seeker have it tough. You know what you would like and you also know what you need.

And, there are other factors to consider: current market rates in the ‘burbs of Chicago, and what this employer is really willing to pay for what you do and what you have to offer. You wonder if your pay will be negatively impacted by your current bout of unemployment. Maybe you should just take the first offer in order to get back to work. But is it a fair rate? Can you live on it? Could you get more?

In this, the third article in our five-part Recruiters Speak series, we asked recruiters at DuPage County employers to give their advice about the etiquette of salary negotiation. (more…)

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Superstition and the Job Search

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Happy Friday the 13th!

“Happy?” you say. “Are you nuts?”

On the contrary (knock on wood), this always turns out to be our lucky day. Good things happen on Friday the 13th!

“You just made that up!” say you.

Yes, we did. And why not make it up? Try a little superstition yourself! Maybe today will turn out to be the day you find that perfect job lead, or get a call for an interview or receive that job offer. Why not believe so? What good is the alternative?

Still skeptical? OK, fine. Let’s all step back, throw some salt over our shoulders, and talk about this thing called superstition. Could it really help you in your job search? Or, is it just for “goofy” people who practice the art of magical thinking? (more…)

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Stress Management for Your Job Search

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Job search is filled with things that can create stress. Job interviews, waiting to hear from employers, and the ongoing uncertainty of the situation – these all may contribute to feelings of stress.

But, here’s the thing about stress: it’s different for everyone, and it’s all about perception.

For example, a final exam isn’t stressful by itself; what matters is how a student reacts. While one person may be overwhelmed, another might see it as a manageable event. Regardless of what is happening, if you feel that the situation requires more resources than what you have available, stress is going to result.

Let’s look at some symptoms of stress, and what you can do to control and manage stress. (more…)

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Talking About Your Criminal Background in a Job Interview

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A criminal conviction does not have to mean an end to future employment, or a road block to building a career. If you have recently been released from jail or prison, or have an extensive criminal record and are looking for employment, there are resources and tools available to assist you in the process of getting back to work – you are not on your own.

However, there are certain things you’ll need to do to prepare for a job search. In this article, I’ll discuss what you can do to successfully talk about your criminal background during a job interview. (more…)

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Recruiters Speak: Advice on Job Interviews and Follow-Up

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The Job Interview

It’s not easy to land an interview. And once you do, it’s a nail-biter as you wonder how it’s going to go and what you can do to control that. But if you take specific action before and during the interview, you will walk out of there knowing you did your best and maybe even knowing this is or is NOT the place you want to work or the job you want. And your common courtesies after the interview might close the deal for you with the employer.

In this, the second article in our five-part Recruiters Speak series, we asked recruiters at DuPage County employers to give their advice about what job seekers should do before, during and after a job interview. (more…)

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